RUNNING FORM

The following "rules of running form" come from Coach Dan Pfaff.

1.) RUN TALL 

  • stacked torse/neutral spine

2.) FLEXED ANKLES

  • toes up (dorsiflexion) or nuetral is fine; you just don't want your toes pointed downward as it wastes "free energy" and increases the chance of injury. 

3.) SCISSORING THIGHS 

  • this means your using your hips/glutes which is the most efficient way to run

4.) STRIKE FROM ABOVE

  • this has to do with how your foot contacts the ground. 

  • the most efficient way is to have your foot land slightly in front of your center of mass.   

  • Think of your thigh as a "hammer" & your shin as a nail.  You want a direct "hit", nothing at an angle

  • Have chronic shin splints?  Shorten your stride a bit and practice having your foot land closer to your body. 

5.) COUNTER-BALANCE ARMS

  • arms go back (opposite of where we want the legs go)  and naturally come forward.  

  • Arms act as a counterbalance to the legs.  If your arms aren't moving much, you probably don't have a lot of movement from the hips, either. 

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