Since I started to run in 2006, I've never had anyone to guide me in my first steps in running. Some years later, in 2008, I joined a running team in which I've been given some tips on running, but nothing related to how to run. As I had to leave my hometown, I could not continue training with them :( . I had to become my own personal trainer.LOL.
I have always used the heel-strike running form, thinking that it was the correct way to run. However, after running long distances in the same way for almost 5 years, I realised that I have not improved my running very much. I am able to run for several hours (6 hours, 10min), but I have always done it in a way that I got some backache when I finish running. I thought it was "normal". But of course, when you get into the subject, you want to know how to improve your timing, technique, and pace, and most important of all, how to avoid the pain in my back. That's why I started to do some research on running and I found the book "Born to run".
While reading it I understood that there was a different way of running: Barefoot and/or fore-foot running. So then, I found this website and the video "Drills and Technique". I watched it and studied it attentively.
I thought it was going to be really hard to change the way I've been running all these years...especially
because I have no other help but this website. It is different when there is someone there to guide you when you are running.,, a coach... But well... I decided to put into practice what I learnt from the video.
Yesterday, I ran up and downhill using the fore foot strike technique for about 7,5kilometres. I felt my running very different.It was light and comfortable...not heavy at all. It reduced my timing in 30 minutes. I couldn't believe it. I did not feel any backache or pain in my knees...it was incredible. In my 5 years , it is the first time I felt no pain in my running. It was very strange at first when I started, but later, my feet started to get used to the new way of running.
I understand that it will take some time to get used to it, but I think it is a good beginning to my new way of running :)
Thank you Eric. ;) Your videos are really useful.