7 INSTANT SPEED TIPS
February 9th, 2010 • Running
Run smarter and faster with some of these tips
- HEAD – Your head should always be in a neutral position – eyes on the ground 10 to 30 metres ahead. Don’t let it bob: it’s less efficient and can lead to neck pain.
- TORSO – Run tall. A straight back promotes optimal lung capacity and a powerful stride. Your torso is the centre of gravity.
- SHOULDERS – Keep your shoulders relaxed so that they are low and loose. If they are tensed up and rubbing against your ears you’re off-balance and wasting energy.
- ARMS – Try to keep your arms as relaxed as possible. Make sure your elbows are bent at 90 degrees and swing them with your leg stride to drive you forwards
- FEET – Your feet should hit the ground lightly, landing mid-foot, under your centre of gravity.
- STOMACH – Your breathing should be controlled and relaxed. But if you find yourself panting, concentrate on breathing from the diaphragm.
- KNEES – Don’t lift your knees too high – it’s a waste of effort. The lift is about driving the leg forwards and following a comfortable stride with quick and short light steps.
Runner Susan – http://www.runnersusan.com/
TX Runner Mom – http://txrunnergirl.blogspot.com/
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