Understanding the basics of good running form will help your running in a number of ways:
– Making your running more efficient
– Conserve energy
– Improve your pace
– Can help avoid injury
We will cover the basics of good running form in our session and we’ll video you on the treadmill.
Good running form starts with good posture. Run tall-Imagine a puppet with a string attached pulling you upwards.
Your head should be in line with your shoulders and you should be looking ahead of you rather than looking down.
There should be a straight line from your head through your hips, knees and ankles, without any kinks in it.
Maintaining this posture becomes more and more difficult the more you fatigue. As you get tired on a longer run, re-focus on your posture, tune into your body and check what your body is doing. Maintaining good posture will help keeping you from tensing up.
Tension and tightening of muscles would lead you to lose efficiency and will slow you down, you’re getting even more tired, tensing up more—a vicious cycle.
Lean forward from the ankles. Your entire body should have a slight forward lean. This will give you extra momentum when running. . DO NOT Lean forward from the waist.
Try it yourself, you’re staying upright because you’re holding on with the calf muscles. If you relax you will fall forward and the only way to stay upright is to take a step/start running.
This becomes especially important as we fatigue during a longer run. We have a tendency to try and stay more upright, which will cause tension in the low back and eventually pelvis and legs and will slow us down.
Next Week-Running technique Part II
I offer a number of different services and packages:
- Running technique evaluation, Mobility and strength assessments
- 1:1 Running specific Personal Training Sessions
- Training plans
- Online coaching (running and strength)