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stepping stones

I thought i'd give the stepping stones 5k+ a try tonight and struggled with running to the beat lol. My 1 ,2 ,3 ,4 was more like 1, 2, 3,4,5,6, 1, 2,. i'm not sure if it's anything to do with my short legs or just not in rythmn when running.What it did do though was slow down my pace which made my breathing so much better and warmed me up ready to take on the faster beat.I'll be giving it another try and i'm hoping this will help me run larger distances .I did notice when running though how i seemed to be landing not quite right on my right leg and it is now swollen. i've noticed this before sometimes with the other leg though and i can feel when i'm running that it isn't smooth.I'll have to keep an eye on this and maybe save up to have gait analysis and new running shoes.

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Hi chickens -

You are definitely not alone in finding Stepping Stones difficult first time round. I also found the 150 bpm impossibly slow to start with. However, I did persevere with it (and also used "Speed") and eventually found Stepping Stone to be quite a useful workout - good for pacing and not as difficult as Stamina.

I hope you sort your leg out - I can't imagine what you've done there - is it the foot or knee that's swollen? I think I'd definitely get some advice about that.

Good luck and hope you're running around again soon.


It's the knee, It does happen quite often, but i have wear and tear in my joints anyway, as long as i rest between runs and don't run if it is painful i think it'll be ok. Yes i definitely think it will help with my pacing as i do tend to go too fast and burn out too quickly as this was quite a slow start and then built up to a normal speed by which time you have probably warmed up a little better and can cope with the faster speed easier.(that's my theory anyway ?)


I was the one way round! I found 150bpm to be too fast for me to keep up with!! But the more I did it, the more I got used to it!


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