Goooood morning! How are you all doing today? I am in a fabulous mood. Perhaps it had something to do with already finishing a run? Yep, most likely! I headed out to a trail near our house to conquer 5 miles. It was the same route I did last week, except I didn’t go quite as far. No worries, though, it was still hilly and left my legs dead. I was also really happy with this run because it’s showing how my strength and speed work have been helping. A few months ago, I couldn’t run faster than a 9 minute mile. Today, I finished my run with 8:17 min miles. I’m not saying this to brag, but to show that you can run faster if you work hard.
I swear it was harder than it looks!
Side note.. I turned on the TV while I’m writing this, and TLC has a show called Epic Houseboats. Um, unreal. The one boat they just featured had fireplaces, move theater, infrared heaters, 3 large rooms, master bedroom, wine cellar, and a beautiful kitchen! Can you believe it?! I was trying to find the link, but failed.
Back to the actual post…!
While I was out running today, I noticed many other’s doing some light jogging, and some running. One thing I began to notice was that they were really struggling. Not that I wasn’t.. believe me, the slight gradual hills are killer! However, I noticed one thing they all had in common: their running posture. Running posture is so important to how well you can run. If you run hunched over, arms flailing around, it just won’t be your best run. It got me thinking about what exactly is the right posture. I know I’ve read up on it, but it’s so easy to forget about when you get lost in your thoughts.
Lucky for you, I thought I’d remind us all on how we should run to feel our best!
Arms and Hands
Make sure your arms are bent at a 90 degree angle, and on your side. You do not want them crossing over your chest. Fun tip: the faster you pump your arms, the faster you will run! Don’t believe me? Try it! Your hands should be cupped lightly, as if you were holding a golf ball. Don’t hold them closed in fist form, but try not to have them wide open, also.
This is something I still struggle with. I have tried countless different methods, and have spent many runs working on breathing from my stomach, but ultimately, I stink at it! You are supposed to breathe from your deep abdomen. However, I have talked to numerous people, and they have told me just run and feel comfortable. That is what I do! Sometimes I find myself way out of breath, so I will concentrate on my breathing more, but if not, why fix something that’s working for me!
Your feet should strike the group from your heel to your toe. This will really help you to prevent injury! Duh, no one wants to be injured!
Your posture is going to change based on where you are running. When running uphill, you want to shorten your stride, and pump your arms faster. You will need to pick up your knees, too, to help get you up the hill! Lean into the hill as you are going up it.
When running downhill, lean back at the same angle as the hill, and lower your arms. Try to land on the ball of your foot as lightly as possible, even though it may be hard. I find that I prefer running uphill than downhill. Downhill gives me shin splints, not to mention I feel like I’m going to fall on my face! Haha
Try to keep your shoulders low and loose, and your back straight. This will give you optimum breathing ability!
So there you have it! I hope you learned some new trick to help you in running. If you didn’t, then you are golden and I want to go running with you so you can fix everything wrong with mine
What is something you need to work on with your running?
What workout did you do today?
Any big plans for your Saturday?
Some of this information was gathered from Here