In an effort to try to get into more of a regular running routine, I decided to have a short run on the treadmill again this morning. My aim was to run for 30 minutes and try to go a bit faster, but it didn’t quite work out like that.
One of the things I’ve noticed about running on the treadmill is that I feel like I’m going faster than I actually am, and today I realised why – it’s to do with my stride, or rather, my lack of stride.
While I’m becoming more and more comfortable with using the machine each time I run on it, I think there’s still a fear of not being able to keep up. The way I deal with this is by taking lots of very small steps, which means my legs are going faster and my heart is working harder but my pace is much slower than it ought be.
Towards the end of this morning’s run, I tried to lengthen my stride a bit and, although I was pretty tired by that point, I think it made a difference in terms of the amount of effort I had to put in to keep up. I also experimented by reducing the speed to a fast walking pace and jogging for a little while. And guess what? The walking stride was longer and easier than the jogging – makes sense I guess.
In the end, I completed 2.09 km in 20 minutes. Next time though, I’m going to try to increase my stride for the whole run and see if I can increase the speed a bit more.
How’s your training going? Do you run differently on the treadmill than on the road? Has using the treadmill helped you to improve your running style? Please share your thoughts in the comments.