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How to Run with Proper Form and Technique

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  • I hate to be a grammar nazi but if the editors don't want to do their job the readers might as well. Use of the word "overtime" (on page 2 I believe) is incorrect usage: overtime is a type of pay required by federal law for work over 40 hours; the words "over time" are correct usage in the context of this article. Just because a compound word exists does not mean that every time the two parts of the word are together the compound word is the correct one to use. I see this problem with other compound words too, and blame it on over-dependance on spellcheck.

    I've done a lot of running, always as part of a broader exercise program. What works best for my purpose in wanting exercise to improve practical skill (as well as everything else it does) is to mix long walks with short sprints. Variety is good. I've run and walked over all kinds of terrain, including up and down steps, through thick brush, and even run through my house, getting from one part to another as fast as I can. Running over soft ground like sand is slow and difficult and wears you out quickly. This all improves the exercise quality as well as developing better skill.
  • Running is great, but what happens after? I've talked to ex runners that had to give it up because of joint and cartilage damage, it's almost a finite sport, years of pounding takes it's toll. Recently I let an ex runner take my Me-Mover for a ride even though he told me he cannot run anymore because of his injuries. One of the reasons I ride a Me-Mover is because it mimics running, uses the same muscles without the pounding of my joints. Anyway the ex-runner rode around without any difficulty and was surprised he could. I'm in my late 70's, my joints can't take the pounding it used too, I found an alternative.
  • Wow so helpful! This has been a huge concern of mine since doing the treadmill. Thanks!
    I love to walk but maybe I will give running a try.
  • Most of these techniques can also be applied to walking, if for exercise.
  • I'm not a runner. I tried when I was much younger and a lot more fit, and couldn't get a stride that worked. But a lot of the points in the article are good for walkers as well.
  • Thanks for the info. Now if I could run, I'd be so happy! This is my second time of reading this, but always great for reminder!

    Thanks for the info
  • Thanks for sharing
  • I don't like running that much. I like to walk.
  • No, she actually said quite clearly that heel strike is bad, bad bad -- read it again! That horrible picture (about which I completely agree) probably influenced what you thought you read.

    I really like this article overall, I just wish the really important stuff as regards injury (stride and foot strike) had been put up front where people prone to "tl;dr" would be sure to see it.
    you start the article with a picture of bad form, then in the article you say heel strike is OK- WOW- yes heel strike is great running form for other people to use if you are an orthpedic surgeon!
  • Switching from a heel strike to a mid-foot strike was awkward at first but holy moley what a difference!! Knee pain? COMPLETELY GONE! Not only that but I have more power and am able to run much faster now. Granted, my calf muscles were in agony for the first 4 days because they were not used to that motion but they recover quickly and did I mention, NO MORE KNEE PAIN!!!!!
    I am through my first 5 (of 8) weeks of Zombies, Run 5K training and for the first time I have some hope that I'll actually be able to run the entire 5K by the time I finish the series!!
  • "This occurs when you land lightly on the outside ball of the foot then quickly roll to the heel only to push off with your big toe."

    Does this mean you land mid-strike, roll your foot backward, then roll it forward again? Ain't nobody got time for that!!!
  • Why does the accompanying picture demonstrate bad running mechanics such as over striding, heel first foot strike and the centre of mass behind the foot strike with the knee locked?

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