Thoughts of a Run Form newbie...

On Monday afternoon I went for a run, after getting some pointers from Eric during the group chat (which was great!). I was focused, my mind working probably harder than my legs and feet on run form, visualizing and feeling (trying to at least) based on Eric's guidelines (hopefully I was doing something right). It felt amazing. But than I thought, it was too good to be true. So this afternoon I went for another 'run form' run. Though it was hot and humid, I felt good! again! I run 2 miles focused (with a 'stop' after one mile for a minute of 'marching'), until I reached my hill (need to do hill work...).
I used to go out for a run to clear my head, now my head is so busy with run form (and my cool impossible), that nothing from my crazy day at work can even sneak in...- perfect!! 
Here are two thoughts that I'd love to get some feedback from those of you who are more experienced in run form...
1 - making an effort not to hear my feet 'slapping' the ground as I run... 
2 - trying to keep my feet parallel and aligned with my hips instead of having one in front of the other when hitting the ground, kind of keeping each feet in a straight line when running (similar to running in place I guess) - does that makes sense? It feels like it allows my feet to hit the ground forefoot to heel better, I think....
Thanks in advance. 

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Comment by Yael on June 21, 2013 at 7:59pm
Rich, I think your word 'gently' is exactly what I was trying to achieve the other day. I'll think about it tomorrow morning during my run. Thanks!
Comment by Yael on June 21, 2013 at 7:54pm
Becca, thanks for the reinforcement! Indeed I'm doing all the strength training, which to me seems to make sense with the overall approach (and my lack of patience to the gym...). I guess I just need to give it time.
Comment by Becca Thorne on June 21, 2013 at 2:00pm

I'm not experienced, but one thing I've found invaluable - particularly as a mother of 2 - is hip strengthening exercises. You may well already be doing them! They've (amongst other things of course) made such a huge difference to my over-all posture as I run and ability to sustain decent alignment over longer mileage. I think those and really good calf stretches are what I've found key.

Comment by Rich Warne on June 20, 2013 at 10:31am

Slapping feet - try to visualise yourself skimming over the ground, almost as if you are only stroking the ground very gently with your feet

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