#trainingtipthursday 👟 Proper running form! Feet First: When running, your foot should strike on the forefoot and directly underneath the body. Striking on the heel with a straight leg in front of the body increases braking forces making you work harder to maintain pace. This also increases stress and shock to the system.
Timing: Think about taking quick, light steps as if you were running barefoot on hot sand. The longer you leave your foot on the ground, the greater the loss of natural spring in your stride and you will start to feel like you are driving on flat tires. You will also have to wait longer for gravity to give you a free pull. Work on improving your stride rate which is measured by how many times your foot strikes the ground per minute. The optimal stride rate is 180 steps or more per minute or 90 steps or more for each foot per minute.
Tall: Running with good posture has many benefits including running more easily, suffering fewer injuries and breathing more efficiently. Imagine a pulley attached to your breastbone, with a rope running through it to the top of a small building a block away; the rope is pulling you towards the top of the building as a way of helping you to lift your chest as you run. Also imagine yourself suspended from a thread attached to the top of your head like a puppet.
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