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Archive for March, 2012

March 30th, 2012

Training Tips – High Knees

This post is a part of our Training Tips series, where you can find tips on drills, exercises, and general training. Click here to see the full series.

Why High Knees?

High Knees is a simple drill that most runners have done at some point. Many coaches include it as a part of drills that are practiced routinely or as a part of a daily warm up. It’s a common drill for many reasons. Coaches use it to:

  • Warm up
  • Teach their runners how to be light on their feet
  • Help runners adjust to forefoot striking at a higher intensity
  • Teach runners to reduce the amount of time their foot touches the ground
  • Reinforce good running form with regular practice
  • Increase stride length/top end speed

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March 27th, 2012

Why You Need To Be Forefoot Striking (Part II)

I highly recommend a forefoot strike.

Running with a heel strike over the long-term is dangerous and will almost certainly lead you to injury. Until recently, there wasn’t much science to back up that claim. No study explicitly state that running on your forefoot will prevent injuries. However, Dr. Daniel Lieberman, of Harvard, has recently published studies that concluded runners:

Runners who forefoot strike generally are those who run barefoot or wear barefoot style shoes. This has led forefoot striking to get generally lumped in as part of barefooting and not as a principle that stands on its own. Critics are usually criticizing barefoot running as a practice, not forefoot striking itself.

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March 23rd, 2012

Why You Need to Be Forefoot Striking (Part I)

This article will expand on the ideas presented concerning foot strike in our series on learning good running form. Here’s a recap:

  1. Plantarflex your foot while it is in the air – point your toes slightly downward
  2. Land on your forefoot, with your heel touching down a split second later (dorsiflex)
  3. Make sure you foot lands as close to your center of gravity as possible, leaning forward at the ankles will help
  4. Make sure you land as softly as possible
  5. If you’re having trouble, try shortening your stride. Aim for around 180 strides per minute.

The Theory Behind Forefoot Striking – Why You Absolutely Need to Be Doing This:

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March 20th, 2012

Common Running Injuries: Stress Fractures

In this article we will learn about stress fractures – what they are, how they develop, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from happening. Stress fractures are extremely painful and require a lot of downtime when injured – so it’s very important to make sure you prevent them.

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March 16th, 2012

Exciting Announcement: Training Tips

Sleek Running is Excited to Announce Our New Series of Training Tips!

Previously, we’ve begun series on common running injuries and running form tips. Now, we’re adding to it. We’ll soon be starting a series of training tips.

What’s in it For Me?

This means that, in addition to all the great content you’ve come to expect from Sleek Running, you can now visit us for tips in your training. Whether you’re looking for information on diet, training blocks, or more detail on perfecting your form, our training tips will have something for everyone!

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