Born To Run Coach, Eric Orton, discusses and demonstrates run form and technique.
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Thanks Eric for posting this video, what a great website! I am going to start the drills tonight and can't wait to start our training in November! Born to Run has changed my life and your website reignited my passion for running!
I jogged 2 miles today after teaching an hour weight/cardio class. Legs were
tired, but felt great. Thanks for the support. :-)
Benji - Great question and one I will address in full with a future video. But essentially you got it. Keep the elbows bent at a 90 degree, with a focus on driving the elbows BACK, more than forward and be sure your arms are not crossing in front of your body - keep them going north and south. Most importantly, you want to be relaxed. A relaxed athlete is a fast athlete. In my clinics I tell runners to imagine you are running with a 5 pound dumbbell in each hand and the shorter your arm lever the better and most efficient. The longer your arm (lever), the heavier the weight will be, not efficient.
Also, one thing that is lost in this is when you want a strong kick at the end of a race or interval or hitting it hard up a hill, you want to drop your forearm so your arm almost goes straight as it goes back. Imagine how you would pole when Nordic skiing. This motion will provide some propulsion when you need a quick bursts and is very effective - but should not be done during your normal endurance running form.
@ Lori - Great question, long answer. Off to NYC for a few days and will respond when I return. But, cadence should not change relative to speed. This takes some time and practice when running slow, as you experience with your client. A good way to train this is on hills, running DOWNHILL to train her nueromuscular system to get used to faster turnover. Also, when she is trying to run SLOW with HIGH cadence, have her run for as long as she can maintain high cadence and low HR, then stop and walk - continue this pattern over and over interval style, Thru time she will be able to go long and long at an easy effort/high cadence.
Another often over looked area is to train her core and stomach muscles. She might be weak there, not allowing her to be efficient and economical at a higher cadence. Do exercises that are working the core while the legs are moving, leg lifts for example. NOT crunches. Also have her stand on one leg, while lifting the other knee as high as possible, activating the core and holding in that position.
Hope this helps - E
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