I was back out on the trail with Laura yesterday, trying to get back up to 5k after a 6-week break. I decided to do 4k, so 2 out and 2 back. Off Laura and I went, hand in hand, with her trying to get me to run at 150bpm and me really struggling with it as I prefer 160 - 165. However, I did my best, and all was going well until she told me how to lift my feet to help my momentum. 'As if you were cycling', I think she said, so I started to pick up my feet to try and make more of a rounded motion - and blow me if my arms didn't start going round in circles as well, bent at the elbows like pistons! That can't be right, I thought, so I went back to my normal shuffle for a minute while I recomposed myself, and tried again.
And there I was, on an ex-railway track, with my arms and legs going round in circles like Thomas the Tank Fortunately there was no one else around to see, or they would have been lying by the side of the trail crying with laughter.
Can anyone else manage to run with their legs going round in circles but not their arms? Did I mis-hear? Am I just as incompetent and un-stylish as I fear is the case?
Perhaps I should change my mantra from 'I'm a gazelle' to 'I think I can'