Playing with Running Form

I know there are a lot of variables with running form, but I’ve only just figured out what I may need to fix myself. It’s something that’s very difficult to self analyse!

I’ve been talking to some different people recently about what their limiting factor is when running. I find that in my case my quads start burning well before my lungs are telling me to stop, but for a lot of people their lungs seem to be more of a limit.

One of my coaches (my Friday morning coach) said to me to try and run a bit taller to try and spread the workload to other muscles.

Another girl in the squad said the same thing, but she also mentioned about my pelvis positioning. I know that when I’m tired I start to hunch over, but she made me realize that I also tilt my pelvis forward!

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If you look at the waistband of my pants you can see that in the left photo it is flat, whereas in the second photo it looks higher in the front. I think that’s what’s happening when I run.

I don’t over stride, but I think I push my legs too far ahead of me when I run, which puts more strain on my quads. I also probably sink down in my hips when I’m tired. My foot strike is fine (I land mid-foot) and I don’t have any current injuries, but my ITB can get sore at times.

How do I fix my form?

There are a couple things that I think may help:

  • More awareness of my spine positioning and pelvic rotation when running
  • A stronger core, and stronger glutes
  • Focus on lifting my legs up more at the back
  • More plyometrics to encourage good form and increase leg power

The core work fits in with my extremely vain goal of wanting a six-pack! Even if my form doesn’t change dramatically I think that taking those steps will hopefully make me a stronger runner.

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