Anyway, we did a ton of brick workouts in our triathlon training and I always felt great running after biking… but not on race day! I’m a strong swimmer, a decent biker and a sloth of a runner. Honestly, it was pretty frustrating to start the race off strong and pass people in the water and on the bike and then have EVERY SINLGE PERSON, even the girl who was walking, pass me. Sigh. I tried not to let that whole mental game get me down and I just did like SwimBikeMom says, “Just keep moving forward”.
Anyway, remember how I said that the girl who was walking told me that my stride was too big? Well, that was a hard pill to swallow during the race, and at that point, I couldn’t really control my legs, but the next time Davey and I went for a run, I decided to give her advice a try.
Here I am after running 5 miles in 50 minutes! I shaved 3 minutes off my pace!
If you are like me and have long legs, you may be trying to use them to your advantage by taking long strides during your runs.
I found out that when I took long strides, my body was never over my legs which resulted in an overall slower pace. But when I took shorter strides, I my legs didn’t get as tired and I was able to maintain a faster pace.
Taking shorter strides also improves your efficiency and it reduces the movement within your joints which means less ankle, hip and knee pain!
So thanks to the girl who gave me this advice during my triathlon, I am now a short stride convert.
What do you think? Do you take short strides or long ones?
To congratulate me on my running improvement, Davey picked me some flowers 🙂
Do you have any tips for swimming, biking or running faster?