Poor Pace & Posture

Posted on: 03 Apr 2013

So after the success of last week, I start this week on a bit of a downer.

I really thought after 3 successive runs at 30mins that i had broken through some sort of mental (and physical) wall, but apparently not. Last nights run was terrible, and i feel like all the hard work from the week prior has been for nothing. I couldn’t sustain a run for 30mins, in fact i probably had to stop and walk 3 or 4 times, which at this stage feels like a massive step back.

Upon completing the run, it was blindingly obvious that my pace was at fault, as my average pace, despite walking, was still quite fast (in relative terms). So my question is, does anyone have any sure-fire tips for managing pace, or is this just something we attune to as we become more experienced runners? I hear a lot of you talk about the "you should be able to have a conversation while you run" as a good guide, but if im honest, even at my slowest pace (7min/k) i would consider by breathing to be "heavy".

Also another thing that i noticed as running passed a window last night, is that my posture when running looks terrible. I seem to be quite hunched over, rather than straight, which will no doubt be having an impact on my breathing, as well as other things. Again, does anyone have any tips on how to improve posture whilst running? I do try to straighten myself up, but lose form quite quickly. 

so back to the drawing board for Thursday night, and hopefully i will have something more positive to report.



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