I am reading Jon Ackland's book on training for a HM. The book addresses proper running technique. When I ran today, I concentrated on applying the techniques Jon spoke of. Through his advice, I understand that I run a bit bent over and my stride causes my foot to hit the ground too far in front of me. Jon advises to run straighter, with my head and shoulders, hips, and foot all in a nice vertical line when the front foot hits the ground.
Let me tell you, I have been a runner for 17 years and my calves have NEVER burned while running. Today, my calves and the muscles on the front of my lower leg were on FIRE. I always wondered why my calves never developed, even though I run.
Apparently I have had very poor technique, which is no surprise because I have never had formal training. I was always amazed at how I could just walk out the door and start running. BUT! I have always been extremely slow - no matter what I would do (normally lengthening my stride, which is wrong!) I could not run a 5k in under a 10m/mile pace.
Perhaps now I will see improvement in not only my time in races, but in the looks of my calves!
Does anyone else have thoughts on this?
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