Training for long distance races

Last month, I started training for a few progressively longer races, with the hopes of potentially running a marathon at the very beginning of June…This week I started to change my running form (forefoot running–mimicking the way I would run barefoot), and I cannot believe how much more I enjoy running. I feel like I am gliding across the ground, and I’m not embarrassed at the thought of other people seeing me run (My old running form was the antithesis of graceful. As my dad used to say when he watched me run during soccer games, I always looked like I was falling over)…It felt so natural, and as unbelievable as this sounds, I shaved one minute per mile off of my typical time. On top of that, I didn’t have any knee or hip pain.

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