I just downloaded an app on my iPhone. I read in the Chi Running book that you should multiply your target pace by .66, so if let's say you are aiming for a target pace of 90, you will set the metronome to 60, and run so that it beats every 3rd step. That way every beat is on the opposite foot so that you don't subconsciously land harder on the same foot. It took more concentration to do that, but it makes a lot of sense to me. It's like running a waltz!
I ran with a metronome for the first time when I got out of work last night. It really made a big difference with my pace. I ran farther than I've run to date using the metronome. I messed up setting it up though... I had set it up so that I could get my pace to 85 strides per minute, and then when I opened the app during the run it defaulted to a slower rate and I didn't notice it until after I was done. Maybe the next run will be even better. I hope so since I've been running really slow, but it's mostly because I've been concentrating on getting my form at least close to the way it should be. It's a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but I'm also enjoying it so much more. In the past I would just go out and run. I was never good at it and hated it. Now I'm actually figuring out how I should do it properly. Stay at it everyone... You can do this!
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.