I am slow. What can I do?

by Ron

I am now fifty years old and have been back in training for almost a year.

I ran regularly in my early 30's after starting a family. Suffered some tendinitis in my left foot which caused me to stop, along with some non-running issues.

Progress with my injury has been slow, but it is improving (it hurts less). I have run two 10k-races and two half marathons.

But my cadence and pace is slow!

I looked up a half marathon time from 20 years ago and I am now over an hour slower!

I know as my weight drops (currently 220) I might speed up but I think I need to improve my cadence and my pace. What do you think?

Thanks for the tips on your website. It is a cool site. I wish I had found it sooner.


Answer by Dominique:

Hi Ron,

Thanks for your reaction.

After having been out of running for a longer time, you need to re-establish your base.
More than your running cadence it is your base that needs improving.

The e-book I give away with a subscription to the Best Running Tips Newsletter is a really interesting read.
It is basically a string of thoughts from a trainer called Hadd which he once put on a running forum.
It is an entertaining read. And he describes a great method which is very helpful when (re-) establishing a good running base.

Good luck with your running.

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