Wednesday, March 21

Thoughts on form

Here's a link to a Runners' World article on improving running form that I'm posting here on the blog so I don't lost it and can always find it when I want.

Also, I'm getting much better at standing on one foot. I even lifted weights at the gym for a while on Monday while balancing on one foot. But I'm not satisfied. The next step is to balance on the ball of one foot instead of using the whole foot to support my body weight. That will be really turning it up a notch.

4 Comments:

Anonymous dawn said...

How important is running form? And isn't it kind of difficult to change. . .I mean we all have a natural way to run. I find it difficult to run for any length of time any different then the natural way for me.

March 21, 2007 8:47 AM  
Blogger R said...

It's not easy to change your form. But if you need to, practice makes habit. Why you'd need to varies: I imagine running more efficiently and avoiding injury are the most common reasons to want to.

Anyway, balance isn't a bad thing to work on at all. Think about when you're out running and you suddenly step on a rock--balance can make the difference between wiping out, twisting an ankle, or just running on.

I can tell when I run that I usually allow my feet to slap the ground too hard--can tell because I can hear it. That doesn't really hurt much on a short run, but in a/the long run, it makes me much more likely to injure myself. So I work on building shin and ankle strength, and slowly but slowly, it's starting to make a difference in how I feel after runs.

A friend always leans forward too much and tips his hips, too--again, not a big deal for any particular run, but he's pretty much got chronic lower back tension as a result of all his running.

March 21, 2007 11:42 AM  
Blogger ocho said...

I agree with r who somehow miraculously posted almost everything I was about to say.

Form can seem natural but we can improve our running economy sometimes by working on small things that make a big difference overtime.

March 21, 2007 11:59 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

I'm guessing my form is terrible, but I've never had anyone watch me run and tell me.

March 22, 2007 9:06 AM  

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