Proper Running Form

Happy Monday Magic Milers!

 

So this topic has been floating around in my brain for a couple of weeks. Actually…it’s been BUGGING ME. Here’s why: when I wake up at the UNGODLY hour of 5 am to do my run every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a young man (weird for me to say that because he’s probably older than me @_@) who gets on the same treadmill about two treadmills away from my usual machine.

All is fine and dandy with ritualistic choosing of the same machine, but I have been trying to snap a photo of this guy FOR MONTHS to try and illustrate how NOT to run. I’m surprised his body hasn’t been seriously hurt by now and he still shows up every Tuesday and Thursday, like clock work (young bodies heal quickly I guess?)

Proper running form starts with confidence. If you have confidence in yourself, you tend to stand taller. This is good, your shoulders should be back, like you are running with pride (channel your inner Simba).

Your shoulders should be back, but relaxed. Your arms should be at your sides, elbows bent and swinging forward to help propel you forward. Do not cross them over your body, but have them swing parallel with your body.

NEXT, what should your hands be doing? Make a fist. Now relax it. Your fingers should be curled, but not clenching. The more relaxed every part of your body is, the better your running formation and you won’t tire out as easily or hurt yourself (don’t do this, seriously, it sucks and you are out of the game for a while which doesn’t help when training for a half marathon. You need as much practice as possible).

Your knees should be slightly bent. You should run heel to toe, which will help propel you into your next step. Don’t hold on to the treadmill unless you absolutely have to because it will prevent you from reaching your peak physical condition.

 

Check out this video that explains it amazingly from Runner’s World:

 

The Starting Line Proper Running Form

 

~Kati

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