As runners, there seems to be a lot to think about to achieve that perfect form. But think again! Or should we say, think less!
You may be wondering:
“Don’t I have to concentrate on how my foot lands?
“Shouldn’t I always be thinking about avoiding a heel strike while I run?”
“Don’t I need to be thinking about all run form cues in order to run my best?”
These are all valid thoughts, but wouldn’t you agree that focusing less on every motion and muscle of the body is far easier to do than mentally straining yourself each time you take a step? And remember, our goal is to make running something you look forward to in the morning, maybe even as an opportunity to clear your mind.
So what should you think about while running? The answer: Posture
When you run with correct posture, you run tall, with your body aligned and balanced. This helps you relax while you run and helps all other parts of your run fall into place. A tight belly and aligned posture will allow your legs to produce more efficient power. Think about posture and the rest will naturally follow.
Posture starts with the hips; the fulcrum to our legs. Instead of thinking about being rigid and tall while running just think about shifting your hips forward. Imagine a rope is tied around your hips and is pulling you along the road.
But we lose our posture. When we get tired we tend to round our backs and shoulders which can collapse the lungs and make it harder to breathe. We also tend to arch our backs which can cause back pain and further breakdown in our running form.
Check out this video for an easy way to clear your head while out on the roads, and achieve that light, efficient stride while running tall, smooth and fast!