I just started training with a group and our goal is to run a whole 5k on August 6. We are now doing 4 min easy pace jogging/45 seconds walking, alternating for total distance of about 3.3 miles.
It seems I take sooooo many steps compared to the rest of the group- how do I increase my stride length?
thanks for any ideas-
First, don't worry about increasing your stride length. You're too early in your running "career" to worry about it. Second, count your strides per minute (both feet). Something around 180 is considered ideal. Maybe everyone else needs to shorten their stride! At any rate, run at your own pace, with your own stride rate and length. Do what works for you. Avoid overstriding - reaching out in front of you with your foot. Plant your foot under your hips. If that means a short stride, so be it.
I have short legs, and often wonder how much faster I could finish if I had longer legs. When I watch most of these mid to long distance runners at track events, they all seem to be blessed with long legs. Their strides look so smooth and effortless. However, I think the advice above is good advice. I think over striding can result in hyperextension of your knee, twisting an ankle etc. Better off playing it safe so you don't have to stop running due to an injury.
Couch to 5k completed: 7/15/2011
USPTO 5K 10/16/2011; 29:14 110/238
Bull Run Festival of Lights 5K 12/31/2011; 31:30 324/683
Primal Mud Run 4/14/2012; 1:29:29
Cody's Crew 5k 9/16/2012 31:15
Leg length does not necessarily have much to do with stride length or speed, because you never have both feet on the ground at the same time, like you would with walking. More important is how much force you generate as you push off with your back foot at the end of each stride, which helps determine how far you go before your front foot plants.