Hey Dee, I'm a runner, and while leg length plays a role in stride, which also factors into running, it isn't the only influence, either. When I started, 6 mph was enough to make me want to puke! Now I run 7 mph on the TM with no problems. A lot of it is about acquiring endurance, too. BTW, I ran with my 5'10" hubby the other day (I'm 5'1"), and he had a hard time keeping up with ME, lol. And I was only going at a 10 min/mile pace at the time.
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SUMMERLVN85 - Your story gives me encouragement! Thanks. I ran a 5K last February in 44 min but this was before I started losing weight :) I'm doing the Disney 5K in February and shooting for the Disney Half Marathon in Oct 2011. I'd love to pace quicker with my long legged friends but happy to be the hamster on the wheel. Thanks!
I think the answer, or part of, is how a person is built. I'm about 5'1" and have short legs. I can bend at the waist and have no trouble touching the floor, even putting palms on the floor.
Most clothes are to long from the shoulders to the waist, I could use 2" or more at this area, making shopping a lot easier. Most pants have to shortened 3-6 inches.........frustrating.
I know 3 women who are shorter than I, they can walk so fast I almost have to run to keep up. They have long legs, a longer stride and they move quickly. If I try to lengthen my stride, I find my balance suffers somewhat, not to mention my hip sway, ooops.
I'll bet you have many features that you love about yourself. The distance of your stride/gait is hard to change. Making it smaller is easy; longer????
Hope this helps a little.
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I can relate as I am 4'10" too. I don't run on the TM very much, but when I do, I run at 5.5 - 6. I've been running for two years and it took time to get to that pace. All I can say is I must look like a hamster on a wheel because my strides are not very long. I've always been a fast walker though....I had to learn to keep up all my taller friends!
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If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham
So excited to find a spark group that I think I will "fit" into. LOL. Just last night at the gym I was on the treadmill, I was doing a decent pace of 4.8 and the guy next to me was cruising at an easy 7.0 with LONG legs. Afterwards I was lamenting to my husband even with all the weight off (40 lbs to go...down 32 already) I don't know how I can make these short legs move faster. Any one relate?
I look forward to meeting and motivating and discussing things only us shorties "get".
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