First of all, let me say... I know next to nothing about competing in races of any distance.
I have worked on thousands of runners in my massage therapy career, many of whom have been quite accomplished competitors. However, I personally have little to no interest in competition. I'm not saying you should not compete, so much as I'm saying my approach to running is kinda the opposite of a competitor's mindset. Competitors seem to view their runs in miles and times, pacing, training schedules, etc. I do none of that. I'm not saying competitors don't enjoy their runs, but based on what I hear from the competitors I know, it seems like there's a lot of suffering going on there. (and quite a few injuries as well.)
I consider running to be "PLAY" and not "EXERCISE". Not that no exercise comes from running, but I think if you goals are to"get in shape", running is an inefficient way to do so.
I run for 2 reasons:
1: Sheer JOY! (see 1 minute video below, or TAP/CLICK HERE if on a mobile device)
2: Quick transportation. (Walking is not as fast as running, even for a slow runner like me.)
About four and half years ago, I couldn't even consider running. Luckily, I was opened to a whole new approach that truly changed my life.
Thanks to a re-learning of this basic human skill, I can run again in a joyful and pain-free manner!
If you want to go "further down the rabbit hole" on techniques for regaining a gentle, non-impact gait, watch the video below (or TAP/CLICK HERE if on a mobile device). Even if you are a competitive runner, I think this approach can lead to a more efficient and pleasure-filled run. The first 12 minutes is where I describe how and why the important first step in learning to run is learning to walk with a natural gait. The rest consists of a lengthy Q&A/discussion of ideas.
If you want to read more on some of my favorite resources, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and my favorite shoe options go here.
OK... Now go outside and play! Much love, Mo the human.