The other day I was talking with one of my friends about the different technicalities of running, and we discussed something that he had never thought about. He was complaining about the tear on his muscles in anything over a mile run. That is one of the reasons that he does not like to run.
It does not have to be that was. When you are running, especially distances, you should use the natural movements of your muscles, and gravity before you use your muscles. This does no give you permission to not use your muscles, you will still get sore, but, if you are running distance right, you don’t have to use them as much.
Your hips should do more of the work when you are running. As you run, keep your push off foot on the ground as long as you can. This will create an elastic response in your hips. As you lift your leg up off the ground, it will naturally relieve the elastic strain that you have put on it, forcing it to swing foreword. You don’t use your quad very much in this motion. As the leg begins to swing foreword, contract your hamstring making the pendulum arm shorter, and utilizing the most of the energy that you have created with the elasticity.
As the swing passes the center of your body extend your leg out, this is where you will use your quad a little. Just before your foot touches the ground, begin your stride backwards. This is the basic cycle of the foot, and if you do it right you will not use as much muscle as you do to sprint, or as many runners use to run.
Running really is not as hard as many people make it out to be. All you have to do is understand the little details, and focus on your form.
That is Why I Run.
What is the best running advice that you have ever been given?