Running can be difficult to love 24/7. If your affection for running wanes, one thing that helps bring back the love is perfecting your technique. When out for a run, go through this simple list to check your form. Focusing on your body and how it moves will not only keep you from getting bored, it can also help you avoid injury.
- Land midfoot, not on the heel: Striking the pavement with your heel naturally puts on the brakes, which slows you down and leaves you prone to injury since it's jarring. Not convinced? Read more about heel striking here.
- Keep your ankles relaxed and pick your feet up: Bringing the heel toward the bum to activate the hamstrings is a good thing, rather than pushing the ground away which causes muscles to fatigue more quickly, especially the calf.
- Shorten your stride: It's easier on your knees.
- Lean slightly forward: The lean should start at your ankles, not your waist, since bending in the middle can cause back strain.
To see what you should be doing with your upper body while running, just keep reading.