I’m beginning to understand what natural talent looks like from the training and racing of other runners. Seeing how easily they achieve times I’ve long struggled to reach yet knowing how uncomplicated and low volume the training they did to achieve them has highlighted it to me.
My approach to goal-setting is existential. I set big ones, often fail at them but gain much in the process.
Stride length is still on my mind. I’ve looked at the faster runners – 400m hurdlers and 800m runners as well as female 10K runners. Let’s look at the stride length of the world’s premier distance man – Eliud Kipchoge.
I peaked a month ago. I realise this now as all the signs have been there. Loss of motivation, high resting heart-rate and a few others. This is all about over-reaching.
I’ve been thinking about how to improve top-end speed all year and recently began looking into stride length. As I explain all elites have a decent stride length that few parkrunners do.
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Hi, I’m Hugh – coach at Big Red Running. I’ve been running seriously since I turned 40 but first raced in the 1990s. Before that I spent my teenage years getting lost orienteering in forests and moorland in the depths of winter!