I am a little over 2.5 years into the first time that I decided it is time to get out the door and run!
That first year was hard! ITB, back pain, shin splints and worst of all, lacking the knowledge to use bodyglide!
The second year I had a bike accident causing a break in my scapula and collarbone. I hate mentioning that because I'm tired of it, but it's significant. I lost most of a summer of training.
This past year, I had a full year of training! And the difference is amazing. A breakthrough is coming.
I can feel it.
I have read, and attended classes, and watched training videos and I think I even have dreamt??? about having a stride count (cadence) of 90 per minute while running.
So I made it a goal! And I bought this!
Apparantly it was a goal that I couldn't reach. Day after day, month after month, no 90. I would have an average of @ 84-85 and maybe a high of 87-90 during short intervals. Sure, there were a couple of times that I would purposely have a really short fast stride but it was a ridiculous stride and one that I couldn't maintain anyway.
There have been some coaches that have suggested that tall runners may have a slightly smaller cadence!? Honestly, I forgot all the explanations that I had for not reaching 90. Too slow? My height as was just mentioned? I'm too sexy for 90? I don't know.
But it doesn't matter!
I am running a cadence of 90 now!
Even more during my 1/4 mile intervals at the metrodome last week I had a cadence of 96 or 97!!!!!
My easy (recovery) runs @ 9:15 pace, a cadence of 89!!!!!
I don't specifically know what it's going to mean for me when it comes to my races this year.
But I have a pretty good idea (massive pr's) and I'm incredibly excited to find out!