Running Technique Refresher: Flat Surfaces
How’s your running form? Aches and pains during or after running could indicate that you are running incorrectly, so it’s always a good idea to make sure you are practicing proper running technique in order to avoid chronic pain or serious injury. Proper technique may vary according to conditions such as uphill, downhill, flat surfaces, or trail running. Let’s start out with a little refresher in flat surface running basics.
1. Keep head, shoulders, and hips in alignment
2. Bend elbows at 90 degrees
3. Look about 10 feet in front of you - at the tip of your shadow-to help keep your spine in alignment
4. Remember there are 4 parts to your stride: high knee, landing, push off, and butt kick. Visualizing a train “chugging along” will help you get the idea of what your movement should look like.
Check out this quick video to learn the basic techniques for running on a flat surface.