So I hopped on the treadmill this morning and was determined to practice all of the things I learned from last night’s Good Form Running Class. I started out by checking my cadence and was shocked to find it in the 140′s. With very little effort, just being more aware of trying to speed it up, I was able to up it into the 160′s. And I kept checking myself every few minutes by counting how many times my left foot stepped down in a 30 second interval (very easy to do on a treadmill) and then multiplying by 4. I would be interested to see myself running with a faster cadence to see if it helped me to land more midfoot.
Next I set out to change my posture. I found out very quickly that while it was easy to reset my posture while running it was hard to keep it relaxed and not hunched forward, especially the closer I got to the end of my 3 mile run. The tip about reaching both arms overhead really worked!
Lastly I tried to focus on my legs acting like they were propelling me on a skateboard to give myself more of a stride behind me instead of jamming my heel down in front of me. This was kind of hard to do, but I think with more practice it will get more natural.
While I am not sure that the treadmill was the best place to try to implement my new “tricks”, I was excited to try the things I learned before I forgot them. I am eager to get outside to practice some more and hoping that I can get away from the common form and get more into good form running to make my running more efficient. Who knows, maybe I’ll even shave some time of my races!!!