The first day, I learned that the path to a heart attack is start cadence training while keeping the same stride length. Even though I thought I shortened my stride, I did not, and my heart rate shot up into cardiac arrest zone as a result. People who know these things say you will reach your optimal stride length once you get to a cadence of 90 per foot.
This led me to the unalterable conclusion that I have been over striding. That is why I am a heel thumper. Although I have never been injured, I have never been light on my feet ever. More than one fellow runner, when they've had the pleasure of running with me, has noticed the pounding of my feet.
This leads us directly to tidbit number two... How does one become a midfoot striker? For me, it involved an a-ha moment. I conciously tried to have my feet land behind my center of gravity. Of course, this is impossible, but the result was extraordinary. I was mid-foot striking without any effort. I'm still having to practice. Often when my cadence falls back into the sluggish 80 times per foot range, my stride is too long. I am running sub-conciously now in the 86 per foot range, and that is near optimal for me.
Finally, y'all remember that pain I was having behind the ankle on my left foot. It healed up nicely during the off season, and I hadn't really noticed it before until yesterday. It is a direct result of kicking out my heel to unclip from my bike. Duh... I got to think about this one...
And that's it for this episode of Tidbits and Wesisms. I am accepting cash, checks, and homemade meals in payment. Till next time :-)