Running is the simplest sport. You don’t need a ball, a court or a partner. In fact, you don’t even really need special sneakers because barefoot running is a thing and races have been won in socks, combat boots or whatever footwear a person happens to have on at the time.
But running can also be complicated and if you don’t do it right, you can hurt yourself. The number one reason runners pull out of races are injuries – a lot of injuries that can be prevented if proper running form is maintained.
As a repeat runner, you need to know how to run with your body erect, how to maintain control of your limbs so you’re not throwing yourself onto the pavement like a sack of flour with each step. Running properly helps you run better, it lessens the impact on your knees, and it’s fun. Check out this info graphic I got from Pinterest.
A couple years ago ESPN did a short feature on 2014 Boston marathon winner Meb Keflizighi’s running form and it’s still one of the impressive running documentaries I’d ever seen. Meb picks up his stride so quickly that he spends 75% of his time (three-quarters of the run) completely airborne instead of in contact with the ground. And you don’t get hurt in the air – you get hurt when you’re on the ground.
If you want to know how to run properly, check out Meb’s form. Textbook, they call it. Caution: do not watch this clip while you’re at work because it will make you want to go outside for a run immediately.
You might also enjoy: