I have been reading or re-reading a bunch of books on running lately:
- Chi Running – Danny Dreyer
- Natural Running – Danny Abshire
- Your Best Stride – Jonathan Beverly
- Master The Art of Running – Malcolm Balk
- 80/20 Running – Matt Fitzgerald
- Run – Matt Fitzgerald
Trying to figure out this running thing a bit more and finding out that I like reading them on the iPad than hardcover or on other electronic formats. I think that I have read more books since I started using the iPad than I have in a long time. Oh well, that is a different post, come Harold – get focused back on this running stuff.
Anyways, the other night I was re-reading Master The Art of Running and came across the below:
Which got me to thinking about how much my form has changed since I started using Chi Running back in mid October. It really feels as if I have made a LOT of progress on changing some of how I run.
At least that is what I believed.
Well, today I asked the trainer at Planet Fitness to video me in slow motion to see how much I had actually changed my running style.
I ran at various speeds (6.5 to 9.3 mph and then slowed back down again), because I believed that your form changes as you change speeds. I didn’t try to force things and just let myself run – I figured that would be the best way to see how much of the Chi Running stuff I have incorporated into my running.
- Align Posture – not really
- Slight lean – nope
- Midfoot landing – nope
- Landing under hips – nope
- Lifting foot – nope
- Arms 90* angle – maybe
- Running everything going forward – nope
- Cadence 170-180 — 175 spm
Saying that I was shocked at what I saw when I watched the video for the first time would be an understatement. I have watched it several more times since then and each time I can believe how little my running mechanics have changed.
The strange thing is that I felt really good running during this video, nothing hurt, I felt smooth, in control even at the 9.3 mph speed. I thought I was running with a much more of midfoot landing and was leaning into the run. I guess I had a classic case of Faulty Sensory Awareness and wishful thinking that I had actually improved my running form.
I found this old video from 2013 and except that it is not in slow motion, the form is basically identical – no changes. If anything my form now is worse than it was then. Needless to say I am disappointed, but after reading Your Best Stride (before I did the video), I was not as surprised as I would have been before I read that book.
It seems that I have not made a whole helluva lot of progress on improving my stride in over four years.
Well, I don’t have a lot of answers and the video only raises more questions about my running and how I do it.
I have a sneaking suspicion that my stopping running with Bennie was more of the solution than “improving” my running form with the Chi Running program. Which I had a sneaking suspicion might be the case, when I wrote my end of year reflection.
Now to keep moving forward. I have a feeling that Finding Your Best Stride might become the book I refer to more as a reference for improving my running – it seems to be where my body is taking me. Which is okay, after reading and re-reading it again many of the things that the author discusses or recommends makes a great deal of sense to me.
Which means not so much starting over, because Chi Running does a good job of recommending many of the same positive running form features, but more going on slightly different path that better fits who I am and where I am with my running.
It seems that I have a bad case of Faulty Sensory Awareness – oh well that is pretty minor in the overall scheme of things.