Has anyone else puzzled over stride length, cadence, breathing, posture, foot strike.....?
It started when I had trouble with shin splints, then knee pain a few weeks later. I read up on exercises, and watched videos which gave me lots of insight. Since that I have learnt about having a shorter stride, and faster cadence with mid foot strike (rather than heel strike). Also leaning slightly forward (with a straight body, not just with your shoulders) and letting the lean and gravity take you into a run.
All these things have helped me overcome the aches and pains my body had, with me trying to run while being 3 stone overweight! Am I obsessed? Well, I don't know about that, but I'm practicing the style and its getting easier all the time. I can now run faster without feeling so many joint pains, which means I don't get exhausted so quickly.
Couch to 5k suits me well because it is free, I can do it whichever day and time suits me, my daughter is a teenager now and is happy to be left alone if I need to go out, I love fresh air, music, and I am finding that I love to run too! I really want to lose weight and increase my fitness, and c25k is helping me achieve those aims.
It took me a long time to be ready to lose weight, and leave behind the emotional eating. But now I enjoy running, and each new milestone is a huge achievement for me. I am moving on from my relationship with the couch! Now I find myself on the computer looking at videos on youtube for running cadence, body posture, and signing up with Runners World. I felt a fraud at first, but have now convinced myself that I may be slow, but I am a runner.
Here is a link to one of the videos that helped me.
I did Week 5 Day 1 yesterday and all was well. It hurt, I was hot and tired, but I did it!! Bring on Day 2. I can do this!