Wednesday, January 17, 2007

You Desire to Run Faster

As running fitness improves the running technique is crucial to running faster. A relaxed even stride having the whole body engaged in the effort should become effortless and natural. To run with tight ankles, a short stride, legs only, will lead to limited advancement in pace.

In “Running to the Top” Arthur Lydiard notes, learning to relax and overcoming muscular viscosity. Losing Power. “We’ve got to be able to straighten the back leg and drive”. “We’ve got to learn to keep up tall and drive hard right off the front of the foot”.

During the last half-mile and cool down this relaxation came to realization as I continue to analyze why yesterday’s 1000s were off their mark. Interestingly I could sense my heart rate easing, muscle tension decrease and overall anxiety lessen as I opened my stride and relaxed into the run with a “whole body” effort.

The technique I have worked on in the past is by using a toe-to-head check to engage all muscles and avoid just letting the legs shuffle along. You get a sense of running tall, refreshed and inspired to run farther and faster. To the edge of getting the elusive “runners high”.

Today’s run includes 4x ¼ mile efforts at Marathon Pace with random rest interval.

Training: am, treadmill, 7m 52:30, 7:30 pace 153 HR


  1. If you did not get sore from running 7K of hard intervals, perhaps it is an issue of relaxation. If you do get sore, chalk it up to insufficient recovery/fatigue. It often takes me more than a day to feel the soreness.

    My track coach told me that athletes often perform better when they are told to do a workout at 90% effort, as opposed to all-out.

    Lengthening your stride at the expense of a correct cadence - and the efficient range is rather small - is not a good tradeoff.

  2. Eric, no soreness physically, only psychologically. We will see tomorrow if there is any DOMS.

    rarely do I go 100% in w\o. it's the stride motion that may need work.