By now most of you know that I aspire to be a better runner. Well heck, I aspire to be a better cyclist, mother, wife, nurse, cook, gardener….you get the idea! I know where some of my running downfalls come from. The first is just putting it on the back burner and not fitting in those important high mileage days. The second is I just go out and run. I check my pace at the end and TaDa! I am done. I should really be doing fartlek’s and hill repeats, speed work, blah, blah, blah. The third is that I am a heel striker *gasp*:/
So now that I know my weaknesses, how do I go about correcting them? Do I start at the gait analysis? I made a weak attempt at forefoot strike the last 1/2 mile of my 4 1/2 mile run yesterday…all it did was leave me with sore shins. Clearly, that is not the correct approach. I have no idea what I am doing.
Is the answer a pair of Newton Lady Isaac’s (http://www.newtonrunning.com/newton-products/the-shoes/women-shoes/women-guidance-trainer/neutral-trainer)? I can watch YouTube videos all day long on how to change my gait, but seriously it is more complicated than that. Is a mere shoe really going to change my gait? AND can I train for my half marathon in these new shoes? (My half is August 21.) HELP!
The speed work, fartleks, and hill repeats most likely won’t happen. Although, when I run while the boys are riding their bikes next to me, it is kind of like fartleks. Slow at times (any incline for my 4-year-old) and super fast (downhill) at times. The hills, well honestly, I just don’t like them. Sometimes I plan my running routes to avoid them all together. I know it is wrong, but I will tackle all hills on two wheels.
I just really want to get out and run. It should be as simple as that, right?
Any advice on how to get a better gait or the transition to forefoot strike would be greatly appreciated.
PS I have no intention of ever being a barefoot runner. The nurse in me is completely repulsed by that idea. Do you know what is lurking on that road, concrete, grass? BLECH!