Wow! It's been a year! I can't believe it - that year flew by.
Overriding reaction as I look back: I'm not done yet. I'm not there. It's been harder than I anticipated.
Ok, I've been striving for big change, when many practitioners advise making small changes. I've been a little over-keen at points, when things were progressing well. I've learned a lot!
My gait is immeasurably better than it was 12 months ago. And at all but the fastest paces, it's subconscious. It feels smooth and comfortable. It leaves me with fewer aches, faster recovery. And I glide, float, and bound my way over all terrains, rather than drilling my heels into everything underneath me.
But on the way, I've fractured a metatarsal, I've had significant Achilles strain, as well as various little aches and pains that are most likely attributable to the changes. I don't suppose I've seen the end of the niggles either - I still have more work to do at the mile/half mile/quarter mile pace work, and I'm sure this will find out more weaknesses before I make them stronger.
But I've got until April/May 2017 to get this sorted, so I shall behave myself, as I always say!
To get to my destination, there is a little more brain to muscle pathway building to do.
For example, I maintain good style for 5km at 3:50/km. I maintain good style for 15km at 4:45/km pace. I maintain good style for 250m at 3:00/km pace. But as I get tired, the style suffers.
To complete the journey, I need to work on extending these distances at the desired pace. In other words, the basis for all training!