It took an extra week but I've now finished Phase 1 of the Foundation program and I've been pleased with the improvements in my running.
A friend asked me if I thought I was running faster now than before I had my run of injuries and I'm not sure that I am (yet) but I definitely feel stronger and more confident with my running.
1 mile test
|5th August||3rd November|
|Average Heart Rate:||151||149|
|Avg Stride Length:||1.1metres||1.15metres|
20 Minute Test
|8th August||7th November|
|Distance:||3.44 km||3.81 km|
|Average Heart Rate:||149||154|
|Avg Stride Length:||0.98 metres||1.06 metres|
I've put a lot of effort into my cadence by running with a metronome for the past 6 months which has paid off.
I have a Garmin which measures a few things other than heart rate and time so included them above because they showed a difference. Still not sure if the change in those metrics is positive. I assume the decrease in vertical oscillation is a good thing but I increased my ground contact time on my latest 20 minute test so not really sure what that means. If anyone has any insights then I'd love to them.