Wheeeeew. It’s Thursday night. Time to exhale and blog :)
Our house is being ripped apart at the moment. It will be built into something great but it means lots of mess for the time being. And no hot water. Or television. Or much furniture. But I don’t mind any of that and I’m actually sleeping really freakishly well since we’ve just had the mattress on the floor.
In addition to that, I introduced another ‘temporary mess’ in my life yesterday morning – I spent 3 hours at the Vivobarefoot training clinic having my running style ripped apart. I learned so freaking much about the biomechanics of running and our bodies in general that my head still hurts today! I came away with a metronome, a new pair of shoes and a heart filled with almost equal amount of excitement and fear.
My hope is to be able to run for decades to come without injuries and I believe that running the way that we would run out in the nature is the only way to achieve that. It is scary as heck though to go back to square one and relearn the way I run. To change posture, decrease stride length and increase cadence means that all of a sudden all kinds of muscles are working that haven’t worked before and running during the period of transition will not be as effortless as it’s been.
I practiced some jumping yesterday at the faster cadence ( 5 x 2 min + 7 min with jump rope) and my calves felt it. I practiced the new running technique during our 400m warm up run at Crossfit today and whereas it feels weird to step that fast, I could feel the efficiency and I can totally see that once I master the new technique and the muscles that need to be working have strengthened – I have the potential of running freaking fast!
I will write about this more once I have the videos from my session to post. In the meanwhile I’d like to hear if anyone has had experience with switching from regular heel striking to mid or forefoot – How long did it take you to adjust? How long before you could easily run 10km? Any tips? Anything ‘out of the ordinary’ you learned during the process? I’m eager to hear about it all!