Catching sight of yourself running for the first time is a traumatic experience
I'm now on week 5 of the training plan and for the first time I'm starting to feel like I can run at different effort levels without collapsing in a hyperventilating heap. In other words, I've started to feel like I've made some improvement...maybe even call myself a runner.
Well, that was until I caught sight of myself in a shop window yesterday evening. In my head, my running style is graceful and gazelle-like - long, leaping strides across the park. But I've never seen myself run.
This week I've got a new urban route as I'm cat-sitting at my brother's house. The new route takes me past shop windows instead of trees, and it was here that the full horror of my running style became clear. Less gazelle, more Forrest Gump (but slower). I suppose as someone whose nickname at university was 'foal' (due to drunken walking and gangly legs), I shouldn't be surprised, but it did come as a bit of a shock.
So, in an attempt to improve this before I get into very bad habits, I've signed myself up for a gait analysis next week (that's right, I'm blaming my trainers for my poor technique...).
Has anyone else had a gait analysis done? I'm a bit worried I'll embarrass myself on the machine - get out of breath or fall off! Any tips for getting through it? Or for improving running technique?
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