When it comes to running, the ultimate goal is to run efficient and fast. But if you don’t use the right technique, you might be setting yourself up for failure. Using proper technique will make you less prone to injury and your race times better.
The number one rule while running is to be tall. This doesn’t mean that short people can’t run properly. Running tall means extending your spine into a straight line. Just imagine a string at the top of your head pulling your spine to the point where you are standing as straight as possible. Another way to achieve this is by tilting your chin to the horizon. By running tall, your lungs are expanded and are able to take in more air. This makes your breathing more efficient and easier.
Another thing to keep in mind while running is how much tension you carry in your body. By relieving as much muscle tension as possible, you will notice your body becomes more relaxed and pliable. You can eliminate tension by keeping your shoulders relaxed and your hands in loose fists.
By making these simple changes, you will notice a significant increase in your running ability. But be sure to keep your mind on technique during your entire run. Focusing on technique at the start of your run doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have good form at the end of your workout.