On Thursday I ran my fastest mile, 9mins 27sec; however I didn't manage much else having run so fast that I tired myself out at 3.45km. This got me thinking about speed training - everything I read about running talks about the need to speed train to increase your strength and times. Speed as well as hill training, but with the absence of anything approaching a serious incline in Bangkok I think I am going to have to focus on speed while running here. My conundrum is how to increase speed without flaking out with my first attempt and getting discouraged.
What I've noticed while running in Lumpini is the number of different running styles there are. Through my purely unscientific but observational research (watching people running past me) I have noticed that the Thais seem to run fast by employing the small-rapid-step-upright-body style while the westerners seem to run fast using the long-strides-bodies-leaning-forward style.
I felt that I needed to research this a little bit to work out how to start the speed thing myself. So I have turned to the experienced runner in the house, my husband, and he has given me some good tips. He suggested I try the small-steps-using-the-balls-of-my-feet with arms close to my sides technique and see how that felt and last night I had a go. While it felt very strange, it was clear that I was able to run much faster using that style. It was definitely different to my regular 'this is a marathon not a sprint' approach to my runs which could be characterised as a more plodding technique. The sprinting did knacker me out within two laps of the park but I think the small steps approach may be one that I continue with. I will let you know how it goes.