Most days when I drive to work, I see this bloke running, and he makes It looks effortless….. his whole body is in sync. He eases along gracefully, and I have a feeling he is an everyday runner too, which I obvs approve of. I gape and stare and nearly crash my car watching him, as his running form is just so perfect ( I am in love!!).
So- its prompted me to read a bit about running form, as I know mine is terrible: Every time I go to my osteopath he tells me I really should go to running school to have my form assessed, and I don’t!
I have been doing a lot of really gentle zone 2 runs lately as they feel good. I have been considering my form more, being aware of how I feel and what my body is doing, and trying things out. I have been focussing on my breathing…..in through my nose to a count of 4, and then out for 4 through my mouth. When its all in sync I feel fantastic and really relaxed too.
Here are a few more things I am going to try- please do add your own suggestions as it would be great to share….
•Run tall- pull your bum in, rotate your hips back, straighten your spine, and lift your chest up. Your shoulders should be pulled back and down.
•Touch your waistband with your elbows at each stride. This ensures that the arm drives back and opens up behind the body. This arm position also helps ensure that your movement and force all travel in a forward and backward direction.
•Make less noise. If you think about this it will help you to run more smoothly.
•Relax…. We are far more prone to injury if we run all tensed up.
Lastly, a tip for going faster is to lift your toes up. I have played around with this for a bit, but it does seem to work.
I will keep you posted….The pic is the best likeness I could find of my Mr Lovely Running Man.