When I first started C25k - I asked myself a couple of questions - How do I walk? and How do I run? Two things I had never asked myself before. I discovered that I walk on my heels - but I run on my midfoot to forefoot. These seemed to me to be my natural motions - but I also became aware that many/most people also run on their heels. I thought it fortunate for me that I don't as the explanations given as to why running on your heels is not good made sense to me. Anyway, for me it also meant that I would buy some lightweight NIKE shoes - which I have enjoyed running in..
BUT -- when doing the walking intervals of C25K, I was told to "walk briskly" - so I did what I thought was walking briskly - continuing my heel-to-toe walking at a faster pace, and striding out, until I could go no faster without starting to jog/run. But I just knew that something was wrong - because my RUNNING shoes had little heel padding and my "brisk walking" (heel-to-toe) was hurting a little. It was obvious that these shoes are not very suitable for walking. I looked everywhere on the Internet trying to find somebody who could describe the transition from my version of brisk walking to the act of running - to no avail.
But I have now found it here youtube.com/watch?v=Houu6v7... I can now see that there are actually two phases in the act of walking - first one is slow walking , which we all do , where we walk on our heels -to to. And the second ( in the vid ) is where the trainer teaches people how to ( she calls it "wog" ) get along with their hands behind their back - at a brisk pace. . BINGO - this is a phase that I have not been doing and it feels so RIGHT!! (not with the hands behind the back of course, that is just a training tool)
I feel very excited about this !!!