Updated: Apr 3
Running posture is an important aspect of running technique that can have a significant impact on running efficiency, speed, and injury prevention. Good running posture involves maintaining a tall, upright position with a slight forward lean from the ankles, and relaxed shoulders, arms, and hands.
Here are some key components of good running posture:
Head position: Keep your head up & looking straight ahead, rather than down at the ground. This will help you maintain good alignment throughout your entire body.
Shoulders: Keep your shoulders relaxed and down, rather than hunched up towards your ears. Tension in your shoulders can cause neck and upper back pain, and can also restrict your breathing.
Arms: Keep your arms relaxed and swinging naturally at your sides, with your elbows bent at around 90 degrees. Your arms should move back and forth in a straight line, rather than crossing your body or flailing out to the sides.
Hands: Keep your hands relaxed and unclenched, with your fingers slightly curled. Avoid making a fist or clenching your hands, which can cause tension in your arms and shoulders.
Torso: Maintain a tall, upright position with a slight forward lean from the ankles. This will help you maintain good alignment throughout your entire body and will prevent you from hunching forward or slouching.
Hips: Keep your hips level and facing forward, rather than tilting to one side. This will help you maintain good alignment throughout your entire body and will prevent unnecessary strain on your lower back and hips.
Feet: Keep your feet landing beneath your body, rather than reaching out in front of you. This will help you maintain good alignment and will also prevent unnecessary braking forces that can slow you down.
By maintaining good running posture, you can improve your running efficiency, reduce the risk of injury, and make running more enjoyable and comfortable. It is important to practice good running posture during all types of running, including easy runs, tempo runs, hill repeats, and long runs.
I like breaking the posture down to 3 forms: Too Tall, Too Forward, or Just Right.
We want to be Just Right, of course! Not too tall, not too forward.
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