Foot Strike

I have written previously about the correct running form here.

One of the most important and also one of the simplest things one can do to run properly and better, is to land mid-foot while running. Avoid landing on your toes or on your heel to reduce the chances of injuries.

I was reminded of this simple but important fact when I came upon the image below which was shared by the Reebok Running Squad page on Facebook. They keep sharing such interesting and helpful tips from time to time. It’s a good place to remind myself of the basics of running.

Reebok Running Squad

Beware the London Marathon

I recently came across a hillarious article in The Telegraph regarding the recently concluded London Marathon.

Here’s an excerpt:

You’ve spent months training for the race. You’ve bought the latest Lycra/running trainers. You’re feeling confident and comfortable; the miles are ticking by nicely. And then a man dressed in a rhino suit plods past you, followed by a chap carrying a fridge on his back.

Humiliating, to say the least.

Read the entire article here.

Correct your running posture

Given how much I love to run, it isn’t surprising how often I end up reading more about improving one’s performance at running. Another aspect to this is to take care and run properly in order to avoid injuries.

Here is an excerpt from another article I wrote for Fitternity.com about how to correct your running posture:

It is simply not enough to be able to run faster and for longer distances. All of your effort will come to naught if your training is cut short because of you sustain an injury because of a bad technique.The manner in which we run affects the bones and muscles of the feet, calves and knees. Thankfully these injuries are preventable if you keep a few pointers in mind the next time you head out for a jog.

When running, do not lean too far ahead. This is easy to do, especially when you are looking down at the path, instead of looking at what’s ahead. Looking down causes the head and shoulder to be inclined and pointing downwards. Instead, you need to shift your gaze up and look at the ground a few feet ahead of you. This will allow you to straighten your back and will make you lean only marginally. The best runners lean forward from the feet, not from the waist.

You can read rest of the article here.

Cheers.

Walking to Running: Breaking the Barrier

As a running enthusiast, it was a great pleasure when I got to write an article for Fitternity.com on how to graduate from a walker to a runner. This post originally appeared here.

Following is an excerpt:

The transition from a leisurely walk to running short distances is an immensely satisfying one. Having already gotten into the rhythm of walking regularly, one can easily make the shift to becoming a runner. A run is a great cardiovascular activity which helps in building stamina.

Before you begin running:

You will need a comfortable pair of running shoes before you begin training. Any regular pair of running-specific shoes available in the market should be good to start with. You need not get worried by the myriad of options. If you do have an injury or flat fleet, do point it out at the sports apparel store and they will be able to help you select a pair of shoes with appropriate padding. Good quality running shoes cost anywhere between Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 4,000.

Another area that needs focus is apparel. Running shorts are preferable. However, even your track suit bottoms are great to begin with, just don’t wear anything with too much loose material as it may get in the way of your stride.

Next, you will need to find a 30 minute window during the day that you can dedicate to your running. Pick the time of the day you are most comfortable with. Some people love beginning their day with a run whereas others prefer to wind down their days with an evening jog.

 

You can read the rest of the article here.

Do visit Fitternity.com for more great articles on a host of fitness related topics.