The 30 second video below, made by Greatist, very quickly shows the elements to having great form while running.
In case you blinked:
- The ball of the foot is the tough round part just under your big toe. Don’t land on that.
- Don’t land on your heel either; it sends a lot of force up your leg.
- Instead, the landing should strike just below the ball of the foot, at the mid-foot, under the arch.
- Knees should be slightly bent as you land
- Steps should be soft and springy, not heavy and hard
- Land just in front of your center of mass, with your leg under your hip
- Lean forward slightly to use gravity to propel your body, as if you’re always about to fall on your face but keep delaying it by stepping a foot in front of the fall
- Drive your heel towards your butt after lifting it off the ground
- Elbows should be bent at roughly right angles and drawn back
This advice agrees pretty well with what Runner’s World wrote on the subject last summer.
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