June 2006 I began running with a tyre, targetting my first marathon, the Singapore Marathon, to complete with my tyre.
Singapore Marathon, 2006: Shin Splints
New York Marathon, 2007: Achilles Injury
I sought advice from people who had been running for some time. Was told it was my foot wear. Went for gait analysis and bought myself an expensive pair of running shoes.
Ultra 45 Northamton to Tring, 2008: ITB Strain
Singapore Marathon, 2008: Plantar Fasciitis
Those who had been running for much longer than me told me I would continually get injured because of the tyre and my foot wear. Those who cared for me, told me doing long distance running was bad for my body and health.
At the end of 2009 I put myself on a Pose running course. I chose the Pose technique as it would tell my biomechanically what I was doing wrong. Dr Nicholas Romanov has written you a post here: https://posemethod.com/running/ so that you can understand what the “running pose” is all about.
My technique sucked! By the end of the course, the instructor told me I was good to go, so I challenged myself to complete 10 marathons in 2010 with a tyre and any foot wear I chose, that included beach wear sandals to prove to everyone that it had nothing to do with the tyre nor the foot wear. It had everything to do with technique. (In case you’re wondering, I have not read “Born to Run”). It should be noted that I kept to low mileage for the first 2 months after the course, to train “new” muscles for longer distances.
After 47 more Marathons (with a 10 kg tyre = 22lb tyre) and 26 more Ultras, one being 150 km with a 15kg tyre, the worst “running injury” I have suffered is a couple of blisters.
What changed was my proprio-perceptual awareness of what my body was doing and how to correct it. I changed my harness to a body harness as over a long distance I found my posture would drop when I was tired.
After doing the Pose running course, I assisted 3 more Pose running events in 2010 and 2011 to help others improve their running technique.
After that….well everyone wants to run with a tyre 🙂
Consider training with a tyre if:
- Need to do hill training and only have flat areas in your local vicinity
- You want feedback about your running technique. Note the tyre bouncing due to poor postural alignment (butt sticks out). Had a bad stitch at the end of this event and found it difficult to straighten up!
Also you might want to read one of my old blog posts: http://www.tyregirl.com/the-adventures-of-tyre-girl/archives/03-2013
If what you are really looking for is strength training and time improvement, then would suggest you look at using HITT (High Intesnity Training Techniques) to improve your times. Core strength can be improved with Yoga and Pilates. An additional bonus with Yoga is it teaches you proprio-perception.
You can test all the methods in this post have improved your running by using a tyre, but your times and reduction in injury will also prove they work.
So if you are injuring in your running, then invest in your technique. It is far cheaper in the long term then having to take time off & seeing a physio to get yourself fixed.
Remember: Train slow and it is unlikely you will find your “fast muscles”.