The perfect stride

Sunday, August 7, 2016

I've been running on the treadmill for the last 3 months and it's killing me.  My feet started hurting, so much so that I was only able to make it 1 single mile before having to jump off.  Ben took a slow motion video for me to see what could be causing this pain, besides the hard surface of the treadmill.
   

It didn't take long to see how horrible my stride was.  It makes sense, though.  First of all, I have poor posture to begin with and second, the treadmill makes my running feel so artificial.  It almost feels impossible to run well on it, but perhaps that just a mental thing.  Does anyone really love running, but not going anywhere?

I committed to working on my form and began with research.  We watched some Youtube videos and I got a few workouts off of Pinterest.  Ben got me some new running shoes, which always makes running way more fun.  Still love my Brooks!


I followed this workout plan from runfargirl.com and this and this strength training workouts from diaryofafitmommy.com.  Only 2 weeks in and I can tell a difference.  I was reminded how quickly I drop strength training off my workout schedule.  Running is my priority and whatever time I have left I'll do a few things, but it's not my priority.  I realized how much better running will be if I invest in my strength as well.

I was so fed up with running on the treadmill that I started getting up crazy early this week to run outside.  It was *only* in the 90's, but it actually felt fine.  You know you've adjusted to life in the desert when you type a sentence like that.  It actually felt amazing.  Watching the sun rise and smelling the flowers and hearing the birds chirp were fuel for my soul.  And guess what?!  My feet didn't hurt!  Nothing hurt.  I felt like I could run forever.  Well, until my water ran out that is.  After months and months of a running slump, it was crazy encouraging to enjoy running again.

The perfect stride is out there.  Just don't neglect strength training and take some time periodically to check yourself and make sure your form is right.

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