It’s all about the form. Well, maybe not all about the form, but it’s nevertheless essential to have good running form in order to get the most out of your stride, to prevent injuries and to have the best run possible! So, how can you improve your running form for a better time in your next race (even if it’s just against yourself)? Here are 6 tips you need to know!
Keep your head up. Look ahead, not at the road in front of you, so that your chin is up and parallel to the ground (not down towards your chest).
Relax your shoulders. Keep your shoulders down your back and away from your ears. Let them creep up and they’ll slow you down and tire you out.
Swing your arms. Your legs follow your arms, so swing your arms forward and back in a stride just like your legs. Keep your elbows bent at about 90 degrees and your hands in loose fists.
Maintain your posture. Run with good posture so that you’re standing tall, not leaning forward or hunching over.
Keep a neutral pelvis. A lot of runners have the tendency to point their hips either up or back so make sure to keep your pelvis neutral and your hips pointing forward.
Land between your heel and midfoot, not on the ball of your foot. Then, use the ball of your foot to push off from.
Tread lightly. Stay light on your feet and shorten your stride so you land gently under your body weight, without pounding.