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Struggling to Beat Your PB, Try this Running Secret!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Hi RIF REVers!

One of the biggies for running is your body mechanics and positioning. This is a three fold problem involving strength, length AND technique. Basically you want to be in a lengthened position for your runs but not always bolt upright. Your forward lean needs to come from your ankles, NOT your hips. To have this position at the start of your run is easy. Five K in, it’s harder and at 32K it can start to prove HARD!

You will lose your shoulders, shorten through the front, drop through the hips and all of a sudden your mechanics and the forces you create aren’t just taking you forward, they are wasted with things like vertical oscillation that Will talked about a couple of weeks ago, biphasic knee actions the list goes on! 

So one of the keys to body positioning is your postural strength and as runners we often forget about how our upper body is involved. In this video, Ang looks at strength and endurance for rhomboids and lower traps to optimise running mechanics. Postural muscles are key so you can be stacked beautifully as a runner, head over shoulders, shoulders over hips at the start of your race right until the bitter end, 5K, 42K, 160K whatever your poison! Check it out.

Speaking of 160K, big shout out to our RIF REVers training for Mt Fuji in a couple of weeks. Keep pushing guys!

Talk soon RIF REVers. Happy Running!

Paul






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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