I post here two short videos (in Apple QuickTime format), because I am looking for comments on my running form, good or bad. The first file is me running outside on a freeway during an opening celebration. The second file is me running on a treadmill.

I enjoyed Born to Run greatly and I am impressed with what Eric has done for Christopher McDougall and other injured runners.

Thanks in advance.

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P.P.S. Apple QuickTime player is available for Windows too.

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I am particularly interested in comments that relate to my risk of injury.
it's hard to tell in your first video how your foot is landing. maybe overstriding, which is a 'walking' footstrike, not for running.

i made a video recently of my running form and I found the best angle to see the footstrike was from the side or from behind.
Mark, the second video, which is on a treadmill, does show the view from the side. Thanks for looking and hope you have a chance to view the second video.

TK - Thanks fore the videos. You are still striking on your heels first before rolling thru to your forefoot. There are two great drills, aside from some barefoot running that you can do to drive home the mid-foot strike. One - run in place. You can't run in place striking with yoru heel first. So, run in place for several minutes to get an understanding of mid-foot striking and then take that to the road. Two - Run backwards. Same thing here, you can't run backwards heel striking. Obviously do this somewhere safe like the track, but run backwards to get the feel of mid-foot and then turn around.

Hope that helps - E
Thank you for your reply. Looking at my form, which injuries do you think I increase the risk of the most, compared to an ideal form?
Well, I have conducted well over 1000 assignments on runners and the most common issue I come across is poor glut and VMO activity which CAN be associated with heel striking, not using big foe for stability, and generally poor foot strength. This can lead to many of the common running injuries or imbalances:

1. IT band tightness/knee pain
2. Over worked hip flexors/TFL (see #4)
3. shin splints
4. Poor core sequencing, abs not firing apropriately.
5. Chronic inefficiency and poor run economy which leads to break down.

Eric, thanks for your replies

>poor glut and VMO activity

Can you please elaborate a little on what you mean by this, and are you saying you see it in my videos?

>not using big foe for stability, and generally poor foot strength

Are you saying that you believe I am exhibiting these problems? How would diagnose poor foot strength?

I am using Brooks "Adrenalin" stability shoe. Do you feel I should change footwear (and if so, how/on what progression)?

>3. shin splints

Actually, I have this issue, at a very mild level, but continuing for months. I am continuing to run on mild shin splints that vary from being undetectable to annoying low level discomfort. (I was checked by a doctor and approved to continue to run as long as I increase mileage gradually and the shins don't hurt enough to wake me up at night - they were never nearly that bad).


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