Saturday, November 10, 2012

Running Form - Moving Your Body

Anna Boom

Moving Your Body:
Leaning tower of pizza :)

Years ago, I traveled through Italy. As goofy American tourists, we asked which train to take to get to the leaning tower of Pisa. The Italian train ticket person said indignantly, “Pizza?! No, no, no! We
have no Leaning Tower of Pizza.” And then laughed heartily at his own joke.

So nothing to do with pizza and everything to do with leaning, let's talk about running posture. Sometimes, I notice a female runner, very straight running up and down. I love that long lean look too but running this way may lead to back or other injuries. The force of coming down after pushing up may add extra stress on your joints. As runners, we want to avoid any extra stress on those important areas.

What is the correct form then? Looking at pros, you notice they glide along seemingly effortlessly. They all have straight back, shoulders back, big lungs, but are also leaning forward slightly.

Try this on your next run. Start walking. Then begin to lean your body forward and you pick up speed as your feet move under you to stop you from crashing to the ground. The amount of lean is up to you and what you feel comfortable with. As you begin to run faster, your lean will increase.

In CrossFit Endurance, we coach leaning from your ankles. You want your whole body going together, not bending at the waist. Your head should remain in the same plane, not bobbing up and down. You want to use gravity to your benefit to pull you forward and make you a faster runner. 

Try the lean on your next run. And don't forget the arm swing and cadence.

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