Hi, I was interested by the article in runners world and the video link from Pinkaardvark in a reply to a post by Jimmers the other day, about engaging your glutes when running.
The idea is I believe, to tighten (squeeze) your buttocks and pull up your pelvis, like when doing the bridge exercise lying down (or pelvic tilt as I used to call it) whilst running...
I have been trying this on my last few runs and can really feel the difference in my form. I find it easier to use my arms in the correct motion..that is driving them back straight and actually feeling the push... and it feels natural.
My hips are doing the driving so its easier on the lower legs, and my pace has improved considerably.
I'm not able to keep this up all the time, but keep remembering to adjust for short spells.
Has anyone else had success with this, and are there any pitfalls to be aware of? I did suffer a calf strain from pushing a bit the first time I tried this, but now am careful not to tense up too much in the legs.
Its different to how I have run up until now, which although quite an upright stance, trying to land lightly was just the legs only, and my arms although moving weren't pushing much.
I'm not particularly looking for speed, its just a by-product!😉
Any comments will be most welcome😊x