Tony – Thanks, I’m very surprised to have PR’ed by that much already.
As for my past lifting regime/100m time – my sophomore year in college I mostly ran in the low 15s, even though my seasonal PR was 14.89. That year, I only ran the 100m one time that year, since I did a lot of random things that year which did not include the 100m. I ran it in 11.39. That year my deadlift and squats maxes were both 335. In my opinion, my improvement in the 110s is pretty much solely due to increases in speed and strength, and only slightly due to better technique. In my opinion, my technique is pretty horrendous, so that’s mostly what I’m trying to work on this season.
I’ve tried 7 stepping one time just to see, and while its relatively given the steps that I’m able to take, my block start with the opposite leg forward would take a long time to reach the level that the other leg is currently at. If I were to change that eventually, it would be an offseason thing to do. Additionally, since there is no real consensus that I’ve seen on the viability of the 7 step approach vs the 8 step approach, at this point I’m not sure it is worth changing it at all.