I want to learn how to run all over again

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    I have it in mind to start from step-one and re-learn how to run. At present I endure long runs on occassion and go out for a jog now and then, but I'd be hard pressed to say I really 'run'. The folks who win marathons and even the 5ks I've been a part of run.

    I'm gonna scale back and start working on my mile and set some new PRs. Any suggestions though from the pros on RJ on a good approach to this? Does it seem like an absurd endeavor?
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 27, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    www.chirunning.com

    it's the best!!!!
  • Tritimium

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    Jul 28, 2008 7:16 AM GMT
    Have a look at the book, 'The Art of Running with the Alexander Technique' by Balk & Shields. It has a lot to say about good form.

    If you don't belong to one already, try to get involved in a running club or triathlon club, if possible - preferably one with coached technique sessions, though technique sessions tend to be more the focus of post-race season training (i.e. late September onwards). Honestly, if you haven't focussed much on technique up to now, then you can make serious gains (and reduce the risk of injury) by doing so. Get someone to video you, too, if you can bear it! I find that I think I'm doing something the right way, but the video camera shows quite the opposite... So much for 'feel'!

    (If you do join a club, remember that there will be people better and worse than you: resist being sucked into training at a level that's not in keeping with your current level of fitness, and with your long-term goals. In the past I have only attended coached technique sessions and then run on my own the rest of the time, until I could slot into what the other folks were doing.)

    Then you need to decide what kind of distances you eventually want to run, and possibly get a coach or experienced runner to help set a training plan.

    Don't neglect cross training! Whatever other sports you're interested in, keep doing them, or start doing some if you don't already. They're vital to keep injuries away.

    A really good website with loads of info is www.runnersworld.co.uk (obviously UK-oriented for events, but the rest of the info is applicable to anyone).

    Good luck!

  • Sep 09, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    original714 saidI have it in mind to start from step-one and re-learn how to run. At present I endure long runs on occassion and go out for a jog now and then, but I'd be hard pressed to say I really 'run'. The folks who win marathons and even the 5ks I've been a part of run.

    I'm gonna scale back and start working on my mile and set some new PRs. Any suggestions though from the pros on RJ on a good approach to this? Does it seem like an absurd endeavor?


    Nah, wanting to get better is never an absurd endeavor. Depends on what you're trying to do though.

    If you feel your technique is bad and want to eliminate bad habits / injuries, then sure, "re-learning" would be beneficial. Have not read the book Tritimium suggests, but I do think that the "Chi Running" book is good. They have it at the Carnegie Library if you want to check it out.

    If you think you're technique is OK but you just want to get FASTER, then perhaps working on your mental game is just as beneficial. Fartleks are helpful for speed as well. See...

    http://www.coolrunning.com.au/expert/1997c002.shtml

    ...if you're not sure what a fartlek is.

    PS...you did an Ironman over the summer if I recall correctly, so you mustn't be doing TOO badly! Be the best YOU that you can be, and realize that there are always gonna be people better (and worse) than you.