Runners Beware: You’ve Been Over-Stepping, And Didn’t Even Know It

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Finding the “right way” to run is becoming more and more difficult in today’s day and age; check for it online, and you’ll get caught up in a web of scientific jargon that scares you off the page, conflicting evidence that cites previous research that seems odd, or personal opinions too anecdotal and grammatically-atrocious for you to even want to try reading.

Fortunately for you all today, I’m going to tell you the real way to run– without all the gimmicky jargon, over-the-top “real proof,” and goofy stories littering your typical “how to run correctly” search.

Rather than focusing on the often-overwhelming technicalities of running, you can start implementing a simple tweak into your technique that will have you going faster, longer, and more confidently. This will help reduce the risk of injuring yourself so you can stay on the race path, too– and it’s so easy, you could start the next time you go for a run.

But before I fill you in on the biggest thing to pay attention to when you’re running, understand this: if you’ve been doing it for awhile and don’t find yourself injury-prone or overly sore and achy after a run, then you’re probably doing the right stuff already. In other words, if not-injury-prone and consistent-runner-already describes you, stop reading now– because you don’t need to implement any tweaks.

Considering experienced runners who significantly alter their form have often been found to be worse runners and even more injury-prone after making the switch, it’s important that you stick with your methods because what works best for your personal lifestyle is the “right” way to run. After all, there is no perfect way. The following tip is only here to help you optimize your current running form, enhancing the run you’re most comfortable with. Anything that feels unnatural or painful is always wrong for you.

Without further adieu, take a look below:

Don’t Over-Stride

When each step extends too far forward, it can cause a “heel-smashing, aggressive foot strike” that sends way too much shock through your legs.

And while landing on the front of your foot, middle of your foot, or back of your foot are all fine, the most important thing is “where your foot lands in relation to the rest of your body!”

Your foot should always reach the ground when it’s right beneath your body– not way out in front of it. When you have a straight line going from your hips to the place your foot lands, your legs feel less impact on the ground, your injury risk is reduced, and you get to enjoy a more fluid gait!

 

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