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You’re running wrong!!! And I know what you’re saying… nah nah, I’ve been doing it like this since I was 6… but hey just because you’ve done it your whole life doesn’t mean you’ve been doing it CORRECTLY. This topic became super important to me when I decide to run a marathon… yes a 26.2 mile full marathon. And I was sober when I made this decision, it was one of those things I wanted to cross it off the “life” bucket list. And while training for my marathon I ran Into a different style of running. During my weekend long runs I would hit mile 11 and my knees would start to hurt. The pain was centralized right beneath my kneecap, and became so bad I contemplated … calling an Uber or worse…. walking … the ultimate fail for marathon training.
Since the running-shoe industry wouldn’t be invented for another 1,960,000 years, the earliest humans ran barefoot, which is a very different running style than what we are used to today. In the modern age we are much more familiar with a style that reflects the addition of cushy foam or air filled souls. While these shoes were designed to “correct” runner’s strides and reduce stress on the body they might actually be doing the opposite. In fact having cushy souls is not a pre-requisite for running very long distances like the marathon I was training for.
For example the Japanese Marathon Monks run over 50 miles a day for 100 days and only with straw handmade running shoes!
And the Tarahumara people of Northwest Mexico have a tradition of running 200 miles in just under two days…using minimalistic footwear that look a lot like flip-flops.
What does the proper form look like?
This new form has your foot hitting the ground directly underneath your hips, with your back straight (not slouching forward)… Your shoulders should be low and loose with your hands slightly open as if your holding a potato ship without crushing it. You’ll be looking forward with your eyes scanning the horizon with a straight neck and level chin….and for the record, because this come so much in running forums, it actually doesn’t matter what part of your foot hits first (heel, mid, toe strike on screen) as long as your foot is landing directly underneath you.
So the next time you go for a run or if you’re training for a long distance race try, what I call the “poop in the pants method”…it’s not only the form of our early running ancestors but also the form that will save your body from injury in the long run
Writer/Producer: Nick Uhas
Editor: Aaron Shafer
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You are so right, Nick, this is something I have been saying myself for decades, some of the best runners in the world are really just people who have figured out the best way to run, this applies to both sprinting, middle and long distance, the people that are performing badly, despite maybe training and trying really hard (been there) are performing badly mainly because of their technique, not because they are inherently bad at running.
It's not necessarily because they are slower or less able runners, when I was in school back in the 1970's (I know I'm an old dinosaur right? Lol), we had Athletics and at one stage, I was performing very badly, I seemed to be the slowest sprinter and came last even in longer runs, like the 1500 Meters, yet, there was no reason for it as far my physical form was concerned, the teachers thought i just wasn't trying hard enough but they missed the real problem, you see, they were wrong, I WAS trying hard, harder that anyone but it's just that the way I was running was wrong.
Then, one day, I changed the way I ran, for example, when I was sprinting, rather than trying to run as fast as possible, I would relax, keep my back upright rather than slouching and also lift my thighs much higher, it seems like an oxymoron on the face of it, like "erm....relax and sprint at the same time John?"....yep, you CAN do both at the same time and some of the best sprinters in the world do exactly that, less is more, this improved my performance and I was right up with some of those others that were considered "the fastest in the school", I was no longer being left behind, again, they were never really any faster than anyone else, it was all about their technique.
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