My mind just so terribly busy at the moment. I’d love to tell you all about the fantastic Newton Running clinic I went to last weekend–and I will as soon as I get some time–but right now, I’m in panic mode.
I tend to get overwhelmed pretty easily–not about things that actually matter, like work, but about things that are much less consequential. Like fixing my running form.
To say that I took in a lot of information at Saturday’s clinic is an understatement.
A few of the salient points: (<–sheezus, am I in work mode, or what?)
- Posture is key. Your head shouldn’t dip forward, but should be aligned with your spine.
- Heel-striking puts 2.5X your body weight’s stress on your ankles, knees, and hips with every step. In a 30 minute run, that means approximately 2500-3000 heel strikes. No wonder I’m in pain.
- You should be pushing off the mid-foot with each stride landing just beneath your hips, using your hamstrings rather than your hip flexors to propel you.
- Heel-striking effectively stops you in your tracks. Your muscles have to work much harder to keep propelling you forward than they do if you’re landing elastically on your mid-foot.
In case you can’t tell, that’s a lot to take in. And basically, everything I’m doing wrong. This morning I ran with Roo and thus no music (safety first!) and I think I have the noisiest stride maybe ever. It was like an elephant was lumbering along the sidewalk. With every stride, all I could hear was, “HEEL. HEEL. HEEL. HEEL.” Ugh.
I’m intimidated. I thought I understood that I had my work cut out for me, but at this point, I’m just feeling overwhelmed about where to start.
If you were remaking your form, and you had to choose a place to start, what would you do?