Archive for the ‘Running form’ Category

The Four Essential Components of Running

Like most people, my first attempts at being ‘a runner’ were largely unsuccessful. “How hard could running be?” I thought. It took many years of trial and error to understand that to be a successful runner in the long run (bad pun, sorry), I have to be solid in four fundamental areas in order to enjoy sustained, quality runs.

1. Form first. Running is a repetitive motion activity, so form must come first. If your form is not good and you continue to run anyway, you are surely on the road to eventual pain and injury. Continue reading

Advertisements

Runners: Don’t hurt the ground!

I’ve been fine-tuning my running form lately. As a yankee who lives in the deep south, summer is my off-season, a time to cut mileage, build strength and fine-tune my form. Each time I go out for a run, I’m focusing on one particular aspect of form. It’s not a well-planned thing, it just seems to come to me when I step out the door.

I’ve recently been working on my landing (I’d noticed that my left foot was landing too flat) and lifting my legs with both my hip flexors and my heel (I’ll describe this better in another post) and have been pleased with my progress. But I like to get to the point where I have some general image in my mind rather than a strictly mechanical, this-body-part-does-this approach. Continue reading

Balance your form, run for life

Children runningEighty percent of runners are sidelined with pain or injury each year – eighty percent! In an attempt to explain this phenomenal statistic, some have concluded that humans simply are not designed for running, that there is a fundamental flaw in the human design, or that only the exceptional escape injury. Others don assistive devices such as motion control shoes or orthotics, or do compensatory exercises in an effort to hang in there ‘til the next run, race or goal. Continue reading

Running Form Tips

In running and especially distance running, form is vitally important. The adage goes that you should first focus on form, then repetition (distance), and then speed. It just makes sense that you want your body to be properly aligned when running so that you will lessen the wear and tear on your body, prevent muscle imbalance and run most effectively (and enjoyably!)

Here are three basic concepts that are important for every runner to understand before amping up their training. Continue reading

Running Clinic Itinerary – Fourth Session Added!

Hattiesburg Long May You Run Series Itinerary  (Mondays, 6-7pm)

May 9 – Videotape each participant on the treadmill; workshop. LiveWell Center

May 23 – Review individual running forms; workshop. USM track by the Payne Center

June 6 – Workshop session #3.  USM track by the Payne Center

June 20 – Workshop session #4.  USM track by the Payne Center
*** Additional date added ****

%d bloggers like this: