To the SparkTeam '10K Steps a Day'
Monday, May 06, 2013
Dear Mandy, Team (members & newbies),
Its been a long time since I popped in on the team page to update my stats but I have been busy. I doubt I will be able to update the steps count again but I wanted to post a thankyou to you in this blog entry.
First, I wold like to thank the team, cause I do not know where I would have been now had I not joined this team an year ago. It changed a lot of things for me.
I started off trying to walk atleast 3000 steps a day and slowly I wanted to hit the 10000 steps mark. I began with 3km a day for a month, then 5km for a month and then 7km for 2 weeks.
I was enjoying the walk and occasional slow (crawl like) run. In my quest to get to the 10000 steps, I then increased my mileage to 10km per day & promptly ended up with a foot injury three days later and then spend 3 months away from walking trying to understand why.
I ditched my shoes and decided to run barefoot. Read up on running form etc and found some info (This is for you newbies & others)
- run with short strides, bringing your foot to land below you, that way you will avoid over striding and blowing out your heels & feet like I did.
- You will get to 10000 steps faster and with less injury by shortening your stride and increasing the number of your steps per minute.
- You will cover more ground if you stretch your legs out in front of you but in the process you will place more strain on you heels as over striding will force you to bring your heels down hard depending on your speed. (been there done that)
- If you are over striding, you will also have less steps per min. So to cover a distance of 1k, you might take 1500 heel striking steps (example) instead of 3000 gentle foot landing steps.
(wish I had not learnt this the hard way)
So these were the lessons I learnt the hard way. Hope you have better luck :). Please take any info from this blog as general info and read up to see what works for you. However, I'm sure over striding does not help anyone in the long run. :)
When I was back in training, as I was scared to get injured again, I joined a gym to do a bit of cross training and then realised that I could now actually run for about 15-20mins on a flat surface of the treadmill. A huge achievement for me who has NEVER run.
Then before I knew it I signed up & ran a 10k in 1:40... which is very slow (super slow) but I did it and if I had been told an year ago that I would do a 10k I would have just laughed it off. :D
Now there is no looking back, I just signed up for my next 10k, half marathon, and a marathon later this year and I am training for that.
Unfortunately, I have no clue how many steps I am taking, its more the distance I go in a week that matters now and the training. Maybe later I might get myself a pedometer that I can just leave on my feet and get a daily count as the training methods I use do not track my steps now. But till then, I just want you all to know, especially newbies, if I got this far, you can too!!!