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The School of Lifelong Learning

  1. Good Form Running
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    • Step 1: What is good posture?
      1. Arms swing from soldiers, elbows locked at 90 degrees. Arms should not cross body center line.
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    • Step 2: Lean from ankles. How to do this?
      1. Lean from ankles not the waist.
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    • How to help minimize stress on the calfs
      1. Flexing at the ankles instead of the waist minimizes pushing at toe-off and reduces stress placed on the calves
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    • See the lean come in from the ankles.
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    • Step 3: Why should you land on midfoot?
      1. Striking at the heal acts as a break, slowing you down. Landing on the forefoot puts excessive strain on the calves
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    • The foot should strike the ground directly under the hip
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    • If the 3 steps are done correctly, then?
      1. 1) Head should be level, 2) Vertical motion should be minimized, 3) Legs should flow underneath you.
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  2. Running Tips : Proper Running Technique
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    • What is the best body posture?
      1. Should be relaxed. Shoulders should be back and down and head should be up.
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    • How should you strike the foot when hitting the ground?
      1. Some experts say hit the ground at heal, all toe, some say middle of foot, and some say tips of the toes.
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    • What is the importance of the push off?
      1. When you are coming down on the ground make sure you are pushing off behind you.
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    • Make sure you ankles, knees and hips are all in alignment when running.
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    • Run with feel parallel to each other and keep your hips tucked under.
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