How to Finally Nail the Proper Running Form
The best runners make it look effortless, but there’s a lot that goes into running efficiently.
Running is easy—just lace up your sneakers and start moving at a faster pace than a walk. But running properly? That’s a lot easier said than done. Your unique running mechanics are determined by the strength and flexibility of certain muscles and how your body is built. “It’s important to pay attention to mechanics, even if you’re not an elite or professional runner,” says adidas high-performance coach Terrence Mahon.“We're trying to do two things: One is not get hurt so that we can keep doing the thing we love to do, and two, we're trying to do it with less effort and more efficiency,” In other words, the better your form, the easier running feels—especially when you start to get fatigued. Here’s what you should be paying attention to when you run, from your head to your toes.
1. YOUR HEAD
You might think running is all about your lower body, but your run technique needs to be dialed in from the top down. That said, don’t look at your feet. “Be sure to gaze directly in front of you,” says Kelli Fierras, USATF-certified running coach and ASICS Studio trainer. “Don’t tilt your chin up or down, which happens when people get tired,” she adds.
Really, your eyes can look anywhere, but a focused gaze helps maintain proper posture, which keeps your neck in proper alignment with your spine. “The classic thing I'll see is a person starting their run with their head, meaning their head is always in front of their body,” says Mahon. “You want to have your ears in line with your shoulders.” #runners #run #running #runningform