Today I went for my second run of the week, and my forth run since I decided to try a different tactic with my running to try to get over my hamstring issue.
I ran 4 miles up to Maxwell Park and back, and for the fourth time since trying my new tactic, my hamstring wasn’t sore… again!
My new ploy is to try to change how I run, from mid to heel strike running to toe running. It takes a bit of getting used to and you have to think to do it – to effectively change your natural running style…
… but I’m trying to see if I can take this opportunity of building up my miles, and also hopefully build my legs elsewhere, instead of straining my hamstring all the time.
I know there could be risk in changing your foot strike, in toe running, the load goes into your calves, so it’s important to build it slowly to avoid injury, but touch wood it seems to be working. And my cadence is automatically increasing too… from about 175 to 185+ so that’s good.
My pace and heart rate and feeling are fine, I’m just trying to build it all back up steadily without being tempted to run too far or put too much load on, and to prevent any further injury.
We will see hopefully it’ll work out ok S for the better and I’ll see this pesky hip / hamstring injury off for good.
The long term goal is training for the Brighton Marathon in September this year, but if I’m not fit for it, it won’t be the end of the world. Fingers crossed though!
Some of the eagle eyed of you who know me well, know that I ALWAYS round my miles up to the nearest 0.1 of a mile, or mile ideally for monthly mileage … and you’ll see I did 4.07 miles today…
Well this is ahead of what I plan to run on 23 February … 2.23 miles in memory of Ahmaud Arbery. This story really got me last year, and if you want to know more about it go here:
I heard some more about it today on my run when I did my Apple Fitness Time to Walk with Bubba Wallace. I’ll run my 2.23 miles with pride and careful thought on the 23rd.
(And my monthly miles will be rounded up too… ha).