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Running Form

It is imperative to focus on your form when running in order to improve performance and prevent injury. Here are the things I look for when assessing running form:
  1. Keep your back straight and tall, with shoulder girdle anchored- think shoulders "up, back and down".
  2. Keep your chin up and upper body still. Your arms are for dynamics not speed/momentum! Do not swing your arms; try to keep forearms parallel to the ground the the wrists relaxed. Do NOT allow your arms to cross your midline in the front- that means do not swing them across your body. This will F&*k your back!
  3. Do not lean forward. This can cause shin splints. Conversely, don't lean back and strain your core.
  4. Try to land softly mid foot. Avoid heel striking or running on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not stride out. Speed is about turnover, not stride. This can cause shin splints.
  6. Keep your transverse as engaged as possible- think abs "tight tight tight"
  7. Try to smile and keep your neck, shoulders and jaw relaxed. Let the weight of your shoulder set stabilize your upper body.
  8. Do not overextend your range-of-motion- i.e. exaggerated forms through the limbs.
  9. Keep your senses on the road and your surroundings! Stay safe!
  10. WEAR THE RIGHT SHOE FOR YOU!
Happy Trails!

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