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Archive for Running Form


January 22nd, 2013

Running Form Tips: Head Tilt

Looking at FeetBelieve it or not, adjusting your head tilt can make an impact on your form. Now, an adjustment like this isn’t going to magically shave 30 minutes off your marathon time, but it is an important component of good form and does affect how you run. Here are some quick tips to improve it. 

  1. Don’t look at your feet.
  2. If you get tired, don’t throw your head back gasping for air (you know exactly what I’m talking about!) Click to continue reading…
December 25th, 2012

U.S. Army-Baylor – Minimalist Runners Report Fewer Injuries

Running at NightAnother study has been published suggesting that minimalist runners experience fewer running injuries. Just a few short years ago, there was no scientific evidence that running barefoot or minimalist could help you prevent injuries. If anything, the thought seemed ludicrous. Yet here we sit, with a new study that notes that runners in traditional shoes are getting injured nearly 3.5x more than those wearing minimalist shoes.

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November 27th, 2012

Motivating Yourself to Practice Good Form

Motivated RunnerIt’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.

Why?

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.

Relax.

Remember, the most important thing you can do is relax. It will help you with all parts of your form.

Image By: Oskar Nijs
October 2nd, 2012

Running Form Tips – Lean

Runner @ Hyde Park Leaning forward can make an immediate impact on your running form, in a very positive way. Here are some quick tips to improve your lean.

  1. Keep your back straight (refer to our torso tips).
  2. Lean forward at the ankles, not the waist. Click to continue reading…
September 4th, 2012

Running Like the Kenyans Do (Part II)

Football FieldIn the first part of this article, we learned about how the unique culture, climate, and attitude of Kenya contributes to their superb distance running abilities. We also accepted that we aren’t going to magically become as talented as a Kenyan simply by doing as they do (they say imitation is the highest form of flattery). However, we did point out four things that Kenyans do when training that you can apply to your own. We’re back today with four more points that will help you improve your form, your speed, and help prevent injury.

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