Monday, June 9, 2014

Facing reality and emerging from Denial

Facing reality and emerging from denial, I am realizing I am a heel striker.

I was flipping through my race photos, trying to choose which ones I'd put on a motivational board or a "brag wall" to go with my bibs and medals.  Something for me, for fun and to remember the feels of accomplishment when I have a particularly difficult training run.

I kept seeing the same thing over and over again in my pictures...

There is a lot of info out there about heel striking.... Almost everyone does it, or that barefoot running will or will not help...  Most information out there seems to contradict each other, like most things on the internet.  

When seeking advice from my running community today, I received these tidbits:

Get a metronome app and run between 160-180bpm

Run barefoot on grass or a soft surface

Shorten my stride

Try "Chi Running"

Be a "ninja" at home and practice walking ball of foot to heel

Do hill repeats at a steep grade for 30-50 yards at least 5 times twice a week or tackle stadium stairs

Get a running coach

Look for a running form clinic

Pick up my knees

Concentrate more on landing on the ball of my foot

Pay for this program or that...

Whatever the answer is, I know I have some work ahead of me.  I know I need to pick up my knees and drop my arms and put my shoulders back.  I knowI need to shorten my stride.  I know that I monster stomp around my house.  I hear myself "THOMP! THOMP! THOMP!" when I go from one end of the house to the other... 

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