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Run an effortless marathon in 5 easy steps!

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Hey RIF REVers!

Will here this week! A big congratulation’s must firstly go out to all our awesome RIF REVers who ran at the Twilight Running Festival yesterday! We’ve already been hearing some great results from you guys.

With the running season starting to kick off I know many of you guys are either gearing up for your next marathon, or your first. So this week I wanted to focus on marathons, and more specifically how you can run a more effortless one and reduce the risk of injury or stopping completely!

When running a marathon it is super important to understand the speed you are running. A lot of the time runners will have a speed in mind that they think they should be running, and they will do anything they can to meet that. Unfortunately in most cases this means they are pushing their body too much by over-striding, losing their posture, pushing off the calves and Achilles and basically fighting against gravity. As a runner this is not what you want to be doing, rather you should be able to understand what your body is doing and run at the correct speed that is dictated by the position of our body and our natural initiation of movement using gravity.

So the 4 easy steps to run an effortless marathon are 1) creating movement using gravity aka finding the ‘sweet spot’ 2) Relaxing from the waist down 3) Landing in the mid-foot, with our foot contacting the ground below our centre of gravity (hips) and 4) Create movement forwards using gravity, which in-turn allows our lower body to move only backwards naturally, because of gravity (creating the cyclic motion you will see with an elite runner) 5) optimising your body and alignment/ posture in prevent against injuries. Check out the video above to see exactly what I’m talking about guys!

Before you run your next marathon be sure to keep these tips in mind and really focus on running at the natural speed of your body to ensure you run your marathon and enjoy it too!

Happy running RIF REVers!

Cheers

Will





Warning: This blog is intended as a starting point for runners to understand their body and begin to address weaknesses and tension that can lead to injury. It does not constitute advice and is not a treatment tool. If you have any health condition or injury whatsoever, check with your personal health care practitioner before attempting any strategy listed. Use at your own risk and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.

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