My daughter and I recently attended a Good Form Running class from Dave’s Running Shop. I have taken this class several years ago, but it’s always a good idea to get a reminder of these concepts, and it’s the perfect time for Sydney to learn some tips that can help her in her as a “newer” runner. Best part? It’s free! (photo credit: Richard, who also attended. Thanks!!)
The class consists of recording each attendee as they do a “normal” run to observe their current form. We ran along the track at the YMCA and were recorded as we went past.
Then came the critique of the finer points of our form. The concept of Good Form Running is based on very simple points:
I’m not going to discuss these points, because hey, I’m not a trained professional, and that would be a big spoiler for you when you take the class, but there are a few things I know I could improve on: posture and midfoot.
Just based on my shoe tread wear I know I have a define style of landing which is the back of my left heel. My Newtons do promote midfoot landing, but my feet aren’t always landing there! This was not news to me.
The other area which I know could use improving is my arm swing. I’ve known that forever, but when it was mentioned that a body twist is using extra energy, the concept really made sense.
To help us fit into a good form with open chest and arms back, we held PVC pipes behind our backs. Trust me, Sydney and I giggled most of the time as we felt like Turkey’s when we had to run around the room holding the pipes, but it really enforced what that felt like! (and btw, I did a double take when I saw this picture. It’s my twin!!)
On my run a few days after the class I decided to see what I looked like when I tried correcting the arm swing. Then I saw this. DOH! I cringed.
My swing is pretty exaggerated on one side. Yikes, here’s a worse shot from Churchill’s race last weekend! (Come on arms, we can get up this hill!!)
Yep, pretty swinging arms are going to take awhile to achieve. That will give me something to work on a daily basis.
If you are interested in a class, Dave’s Running schedules them on a monthly basis (Link here). This concept is also taught at running shops around the country, so just Google it if you’re not from my town. Form analysis is pretty interesting!
Q: Have you had your form analyzed?
Q: Are there areas of your form that you are always working on, or have improved?
Q: Do you have a short work week due to Thanksgiving this week?
I do! Took the whole week off because my kids are home from school. Pre-holiday festivities start on Monday!