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Running Technique for Dummies

For those of you not able to make it on Saturday we are going to write a post doing a crash course on running technique. I don’t really know if there’s anything else to do than to dive right in, head first, so lets go. If you feel motivated to do so, just check out this video of these life loving 800m runners.

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The 5 most important things to get a good running form

  1. Let’s start with number 1. The single most important thing is making sure your arms move diagonally to your legs. If you on one step move both the right arm and the right leg forwards, and in the next step move both your left leg and your left arm forwards, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you are screwing up. Comparing it to horses, it’s doing the pace gait when you should be doing the gallop. It’s not the most effective way to run and probably the easiest and most important thing to correct if you’re doing it wrong.
  2. Not heel-striking. Landing on your heels puts incredible strain on parts of your leg that was never meant to be punished like that. Also, aesthetically it basically makes your stride look uglier. If you’ve ever read “Born to Run” or other books by barefoot running maniacs then you probably know a lot of the arguments already. Most importantly, by landing on your midfoot or forefoot you are able to store some of the energy in your elastic calf and ankle muscles and use it while pushing away on the next stride. Like a kangaroo kinda, only not as much.
  3. Cadence. As researched by world renown running coach Dr. Jack Daniels PhD, all the best long distance runners in the world race with a stride rate at about 180 strides per minute. Therefore you should aim for that number as well, as it yields the most effective stride for almost everybody.
  4. Your arms. You already have them so you might as well use them. Don’t just carry them with you like carrying luggage. Use it actively swinging them, keeping the angle at about 90 degrees.
  5. If you are doing all of the things above you are probably not too bad off. The last tip I’m gonna give you is just to keep running. Your body is nice that way; you only have to lead it down the right path (like we’ve done with #1-#4) and by keeping at the activity it will naturally progress towards a more and more technically perfect running technique. Your body always wants to find the most effective way to solve the problem it’s given.

I hope that helped you guys, and if you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole, feel free to sign up for Mark’s running technique webinar by visiting our facebook page.

Also feel free to check out our favorite go-to running site on subjects like training and technique, the book of running. To go straight to their technique article, click here.

Also, leaving you guys again with this right here. Running is awesome.

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