I've just completed week 2 run 3 but barely. While I notice that my lungs and my legs can certainly take it, my ankles cannot and I think that my stride is fatally wrong. When I started the program, I found it enjoyable but noticed that I made quite the loud stomping sounds. I've tried many things to adjust this during my past runs; taking shorter strides, landing on the balls of my feet, landing with my foot beneath my body, not in front of it but nothing seems to make it any better.
I've read tips like: "try to imagine you're running on eggs and trying not to break them", but every time I start running my body comes down with way too much force I think. It feels like my body is a heavy sack of potatoes that I'm lifting with each step and then letting it fall to the ground again if you understand what I mean. Don't get me wrong, I'm nowhere near overweight; I just stomp like crazy and my stride is not smooth. At all. Even if I make an effort to land with my feet directly below my body, my heels still touch the ground and I seem to land flat footed every time, no matter how hard I try not to. Running on the balls of my feet hasn't helped either and this feels awkward and uncomfortable anyhow.
Does anybody have any tips? I was planning to do run 1 of week 3 in two days, but would it be better to rest until my ankles don't hurt anymore? I really do not want to give up running, even if this would mean restarting the entire program.
Best regards (and don't forget to vote!),