As with most areas of health, fitness, and running, there is always a whole host of information and opinions. When it comes to running form, and technique, it’s a minefield out there.
There are certainly improvements to be made in all of our forms, with significant improvements to our running efficiency and prevention of injury. If you are running injury free, and enjoying what you are doing, then I wouldn’t recommending changes in technique. If you do want to run more efficiently & stronger, and want to improve your technique, then I would recommend working with a coach.
Maintaining good posture is a great place to start, and here are three areas to think about:
Often overlooked, but hugely important when it comes to generating power and keeping your upper body relaxed. They work in unison with your legs to drive you forwards and reduce side-to-side movements.
- Keep shoulders low (think away from your ears)
- Elbows bent at around 90 degrees
- Don’t clench your fists and make sure palms are facing inwards
- Swing your arms back and forth, not across your body
This links your upper and lower body. Having a strong stable core helps keep hip and torso rotation to a minimum. This, in turn, makes your running far more efficient and will make you a stronger runner. There are many exercises you can do, but check out our article with our favourites.
Your feet are your interface between your body and the ground. Effective footstrike can make significant improvements to running efficiency.
- Your feet should hit the ground lightly with each step and just in front of your center of mass
- Avoid over striding, as this applies braking forces up the leg
- Imagine your feet as springs, absorbing energy on landing and bouncing back to return that energy on toe off