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Old 03-20-2017, 02:15 PM   #3061
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Thanks! I've been trying to determine what kind of running style I have and if I'm landing properly. I was trying to gauge that on the treadmill yesterday. It looks like I'm doing a mid foot strike. I tried a heel strike and it hurt like crazy so I abandon that. The toe strike was really hard for me to do and threw me off more than it did good. I'm going to count my steps next time to ensure I'm hitting the 180 per minute to see about working on that.

So, the treadmill itself is a tough place to work on stride mechanics for most people, I would recommend going to a flat place outside where you can go back and forth about 100 meters. A straightaway on a track is the same distance if you have one available. Your body is moving forward and the road is coming at you so when you are landing with a heel strike it is the equivalent of driving with square wheels, you are running slower (breaking) and having all of the shock from the road go into your legs. You want to be running with a mid foot strike, to do so run tall and lean slightly forward without bending at the waist (this is where core strength comes into play) until you start to fall forward due to gravity. When doing so make sure your knees are high going forward, this gives you all of the room to come down on your mid foot and be pushing off when you land.

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The 180 steps per minute is a great goal, but at this stage don't worry about hitting the exact number as much as having an overall emphasis on higher cadence. You should always have a high cadence regardless of how fast or slow you are running.
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    NYC Half done and in the books. Such a great race and fun day. No time to waste though, back to training this week for the full next month.

    Laura, how did Shamrock go? Did you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Or at least at the finish line?
    the weather was wild. mainly periods of straight downpouring, except when it turned into sleet. gale winds. zero fans because of this weather, justifiably so by mile 14 i was so soaked it felt like i had jumped into the ocean

    still ran it and managed to have fun. finished in 4:03, not my fastest but also not my slowest. proud of the time given the conditions. and with negative splits . work today was rough

    my bib # was 666
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    Ran a 5 mile race with my 8 year old last weekend while the wife ran the 3 mile with our 5 year old. Oldest one slayed it and came in at 46:40, I really think she can get a sub 25 5k by the end of the season once she has her soccer legs underneath her. The 3 mile was by far the most fun our youngest has had during a race, made it the entire time without a walking break. Next up is a midnight 5k with both on 1 April, followed by a 10k for our oldest on 23 April. Bloomsday with them in May should be a fun time.
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    the weather was wild. mainly periods of straight downpouring, except when it turned into sleet. gale winds. zero fans because of this weather, justifiably so by mile 14 i was so soaked it felt like i had jumped into the ocean

    still ran it and managed to have fun. finished in 4:03, not my fastest but also not my slowest. proud of the time given the conditions. and with negative splits . work today was rough

    my bib # was 666

    Great job Laura, another one down and a tough one at that
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    the weather was wild. mainly periods of straight downpouring, except when it turned into sleet. gale winds. zero fans because of this weather, justifiably so by mile 14 i was so soaked it felt like i had jumped into the ocean

    still ran it and managed to have fun. finished in 4:03, not my fastest but also not my slowest. proud of the time given the conditions. and with negative splits . work today was rough

    my bib # was 666
    surprised you didn't run the New Bedford Half, Laura.
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    Old 03-21-2017, 11:05 AM   #3066
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    the weather was wild. mainly periods of straight downpouring, except when it turned into sleet. gale winds. zero fans because of this weather, justifiably so by mile 14 i was so soaked it felt like i had jumped into the ocean

    still ran it and managed to have fun. finished in 4:03, not my fastest but also not my slowest. proud of the time given the conditions. and with negative splits . work today was rough

    my bib # was 666
    Damn, that crazy and right on for sticking it out. I have only done a half in weather similar to that (no sleet, just rain, rain and more rain) and it was bad enough. Great finishing time and the negative split shows how committed you were to kicking that marathon's ass.

    BTW, love the bib number.
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    Ran a 5 mile race with my 8 year old last weekend while the wife ran the 3 mile with our 5 year old. Oldest one slayed it and came in at 46:40, I really think she can get a sub 25 5k by the end of the season once she has her soccer legs underneath her. The 3 mile was by far the most fun our youngest has had during a race, made it the entire time without a walking break. Next up is a midnight 5k with both on 1 April, followed by a 10k for our oldest on 23 April. Bloomsday with them in May should be a fun time.
    I love these posts. Your girls just kick such major ass, it is awesome. Being a parent myself, I can see your smile and feel your joy as you write these posts. Proud dad moments for sure.
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