Really enjoying the benefits of all the running and working on the correct form. When I run I try to focus on having a tall upright posture- ie. straight back, head up. I was just wondering whether one should be as straight and in a sense as vertical as possible, or should one be leaning forward with a straight back/good posture? Is there a way to reinforce this such as a drill?
Welcome any thoughts.
Luke - do some hill repeats with hands behind your head. Notice how your knees drive uphill and you generate power with your core/hips/glutes. Then try to replicate this feeling with normal hands. As soon as you lean at the waist, your core is shut off and so to most likely are your glutes.
Focus on your cadence also = 23 foot strikes per 15 seconds.
And one of the most common mistakes I see with runners who think they have good foot strike form is over reaching. Be sure to strike the ground under you and do not reach out too far in front to strike the ground. The only thing that changes with speed is your distance per stride and do not try to achieve this by reaching out too far in front of you to strike the ground. Practice running in place to get a feel for this and how you drive power into the ground.
Another great drill to drive this home is simply do some skipping and notice how your knees drive forward and how you naturally strike the ground.
Hope this helps - E