Running is one of the most popular summer activities. There is no monthly membership, you do not have to worry about when the gym is open or when a class is offered. You can run when you want, where you want and as much as you want. However, many times we just throw on our shoes and begin pounding the pavement without any thought about our technique. Over the next few posts, I will outline a few key points to focus on during your next run. These tips will not only help prevent injuries but will also lead to more efficient and enjoyable running!
- RUN TALL:
- Maintain correct posture and bend forward at the ankles, not at the waist or hips. There is a tendency to slump and bend at the waist with fatigue. Try to stay relaxed from head down.
- Keys to help put body in optimal alignment for running:
- Keep your head and chest up
- 15-20° of knee bend (when?)
- Elbows should be bent at about 90° and swing from the shoulders.
- “The Lean” – stand with correct posture and bend forward at the ankles until gravity causes you to fall forward. This is the lean you are trying to achieve while running.
- Most people land out in front of themselves on their heel. Heel strike is like a braking effect, you have to work much harder and it increases the impact on your body!
- A more efficient stride is to land mid-foot or flat foot:
- Your foot should strike directly under hip
- When running think of shorter and lighter steps/strides.
- Walk naturally on the spot in bare feet, pay attention to what it feels like land on the middle of your foot.
Next time I will discuss the optimal cadence and proper breathing technique.