Running this week has been sort of so/so. I’ve had late meetings followed by early meetings which has meant that up until today, runs have been an hour or less. One of my “solutions” was to cut out my warm up and cool down and blast through 4 miles of tempo at 6:11 pace. It essentially went against everything that I coach, but it was a good way to get in a good speed session in half an hour. This week, I’ll take it!
Coach Adam’s disclaimer.... Don’t be a dummy. WARM UP before speed.
A friend busted by balls about my sub 5:00 mile video saying... “Soooo, don’t take this the wrong way, but it doesn’t look like you’re going all that fast”.
Coach Adam’s disclaimer..... trying to consciously lengthen your stride is the fastest way to say “stress fracture”, “sore knees”, or “shin splints”. Your feet should land UNDER you when you run not out in front. As you get faster it’ll lengthen it automatically. Just like breathing....your body just sort of figures that shit out.
Cool video of Ryan Hall's 7' stride length
Laura is Undeterable and Nelly asked if I would ever run a real mile road race. I would LOVE to. In fact, I honestly was going to about a year back. Fortunately, I stalked the prior year results and found out that it was TOTALLY a kiddie fun run! While blasting a mile with 40 eight year olds in my wake sounds fun, and would make for an AWESOME blog post, I’m still on the hunt for an actual mile race as they seem to be pretty rare.
Finally, I’m going to be honest. We all do it, but we never admit it. For that matter, we rarely say what we’re all thinking: “If you have time to take a picture while running, shouldn’t you be running faster?” What do you think? Do you take pictures while running?
Picture this spring from my "normal" short mileage running route
I can tell this was at the 3 mile mile point. Sad.
Jamoosh wanted me to post the details behind my stride length math. So, math nerds behold! Orrrr, maybe just like 5th grade story problems. If two trains left stations in Chicago and St Louis, one traveling 60 mph, the other traveling 80 mph, how many bananas will the train engineers eat?
- 5280 feet in a mile. Horray english measurements.
- I ran for exactly 5 minutes, so I ran 1,056 feet in a minute (5280/5 = 1,056)
- If I assume 170 strides per minute, that means that my stride length is 6.2’ (1056/170 = 6.2) Assuming anywhere from 160 to 180 strides per min still means it was somewhere between 5.9 and 6.6 feet.