It’s very hard for the average runner to develop the discipline to practice their form. If you’re visiting our site, you know it’s important, but do you really actively work on your form? Probably not. It took me years to develop the discipline and awareness.
Because I didn’t care until I got hurt.
There are plenty of articles on this site that preach good form. We have an entire series dedicated to it. But we can’t just convince you to do it.
Hopefully, you’re visiting Sleek Running in good health and looking for ways to prevent injuries. But more likely, you first came here looking for help solving your injury woes. Of course, we’ve got plenty of it. Our mission is to keep you healthy. But, even if you know what you’re supposed to do, it can still be extremely difficult to motivate yourself.
So, don’t bother.
Instead, Make It a Habit.
Start small – focus on one thing at a time.
Don’t get overwhelmed with foot strike, your center of gravity, how you’re supposed to lean, how high to hold your arms, how to hold your head, and the many other facets of having “perfect” form.
Learn each facet one at a time. Don’t move onto the next until you’ve got it. It might take 10 steps, or several weeks to work each bit into a place that’s comfortable for you. It’s very important to not move on until it’s become a habit. You should be doing it without thinking of it.
You need to be patient and realize it’s a work in progress.
It’ll never be perfect, so don’t obsess over it.
That’s our job. In all seriousness, realize that perfect form for everyone is slightly different. It really depends on your body. [Note: We’re talking about slight variations, that does not mean it’s okay to heel strike, good try.]
Try a Mantra.
Mantras are really good at helping you focus on a single thing (part of your form). This is especially valuable when you’re in the middle of a difficult run – the last thing on your mind is checking your running form. Check out this article for more information.
Remember, the most important thing you can do is relax. It will help you with all parts of your form.