I am going to let you in on a little secret. It is about your running form. This little secret of ours will help you get faster in your running, and it is often overlooked. If you don’t do this, eventually, it could lead to a running injury. Are you ready?
When you run, turn your hands to the sky.
This is a little drill that I actually just got taught the other day. Now let me tell you why.
Everything that your body does has a reaction to another part of your body. To prove this, try running with your hands tied behind your back. Pretty hard! Naturally your foot pushes off the ground and to maintain balance your opposite hand moves foreword. The real question is where is it moving foreword to? Is it going the direction that you want to go?
With me, the answer was no. My hands were mostly going foreword, but they did come across my body a little. They were not moving directly foreword. My elbows would flair out a little, and all that is wasted energy. I was doing it all because in my stride I push off a little to the side, so my arms would compensate by swinging at an angle.
Now, try to run with your hands to the sky. Doing this forces you to tuck in your elbows against your side, and as you swing your arm, it is moving straight foreword. The way that your arms move when your palms are up is the proper running form.
Obviously you don’t want to run your race like this, so this is just a drill to help you out with your form. Give it a try, I know that it will help.
That is Why I Run.
What drills do you use? Why?