I seem to have got into a reasonably good pattern of running. Wednesay evening is a 7-8k club run at medium effort (well, it will be medium effort when I'm able to catch up!), Saturday morning is a 10k over a a hill (455ft - mixing my measurements again...I do everything in miles and ft), and Monday evening is a slow 5k.
The theory is all there. The 10k run is okay, the club run is a struggle due to the pace, (first week was last week) but the one I really fail at is the slow run.
The area few reasons I can think of as to why this is the case:
1. I run by effort level. So, when I first started I found it a struggle, so running at that level of effort is 'normal'.
2. Every direction from home is up. The flattest 2.5k from home is 200ft elevation, which isn't a lot really, but the steepest bits are at the start of the run and tend to set the pace. I expect to put in lots of effort just to get started and keep moving.
3. My cadence is about 175 (I ran in time with 'The Bright Side Of The Road' and felt comfortable, so I looked up the bpm when I got home), but I feel like I run with my knees tied together, taking short strides. This is to help with the inclines.
4. I don't know how to do it. Should I slow the cadence? Do I need longer strides? Both? How do I know if I'm going slow? When I'm out there, I think I'm going slow...when I get home and check Strava it's not as slow as I'd hoped (and often with bling 😕).
All this effort doesn't mean I don't enjoy running. It just means I enjoy running home because it's pretty much all downhill. But, downhill just makes it easier to go faster! 🙈
I don't run fast at all to be honest, but I really need to learn to run at an easy level of effort regardless of the inclines.
Any advice will be much appreciated. ☺