So I found Eric's book at the beginning of the summer and have since spent the last 6 weeks trying to relearn running. (I was an over strider/ heel striker suffering from chronic plantar fascitis) The PF is under control (ditched the shoes and insoles). I'm up to 4 days of 30 minute runs (though I just re read the book and think I've been running them too fast this past month). On off days I do barefoot running drills and strength on the Swiss Ball and of course slant board stuff.
Most days I feel great! Like I could run for a lot longer (which is the goal) I'm anxious to get to the next phase of training. But recently I've been having "twinges" (not really pain) that appears and leaves fairly quickly, within a day or two. Sometimes It's my heels which just takes some massage and stretching to alleviate. But I've also been having some discomfort in my knees and ankles. (I know I have to work on my take off and straightening my leg much more than I do now which may help.)
So my question is, are these twinges normal when re-learning to run? Is it part of getting to that muscle equilibrium? Or is this a sign of something wrong in technique?
Yes, it will come. I think Eric says in his book, "you have to undo a lifetime of bad habits." As for cadence, focus on quick knee drive (while still pushing back with glute) and stepping over that log.
thanks. I did start running with a metronome and it's hard!! LOL. I haven't timed myself for over a month until yesterday and I found that even though I felt I was going slower with a high cadence and short stride that my pace is much faster than I was running before I worked on relearning to run. Amazing how I can run faster and it's easier!!! I know that shouldn't come as a surprise but I guess after running for so many years the wrong way my brain needs retrained too!