On the C25k+ podcasts Laura sets a number of strides/min, with music to match. She also emphasises short, light (if only) steps. While I find I can synchronise steps easily with the Stamina podcast, the distance covered, much of it at 160 strides/min has been disappointing. During Saturday's parkrun, a kind soul encouraged me to run alongside her, having established that my time is always around 40 min (old senior citizen excuse). She was running a carefully timed 41 min, I think for some training purpose (but had done a 12 mile run in the week), so I wasn't surprised when my time turned out to be 41 min 10 sec. However, my TomTom watch showed an average pace of 182 strides/min. It didn't feel like a pitter-patter run at all. Obviously length of stride is the key to the optimum pace. I've broken my 40 min barrier a couple of times but I'd like some guidance on pace from those who know, so I can do better in future (dreams of 38 min).
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