What’s Your Running Technique?
It’s Not Too Late to Learn How to Run
The biggest obstacle when it comes to effective running form and technique is a lack of information. Most people who start running don’t start by learning about form, they start with things like gear (shoes, tech clothes, smartwatches, running belts). While the most important piece of gear is a good pair of running shoes, there is one thing that is equally important: knowing how to run properly.
Every runner can benefit from improving their running form. Running basics are not always intuitive, and that’s why taking a running class from an expert will go miles (pun intended) for a runner who is looking to make improvements. The benefits include:
- Making running easier
- More efficiency
- Avoiding injuries
- Personal Records will likely be broken (and sometimes shattered)
- Honing tools like how to pace for a race
- Longevity that comes from efficiency and lower injury rate
- Discovering tools that go beyond even the run itself
How to Run Properly
A running class will not only provide information about proper running form, but it will also lead you physically through the motions so that you can correct bad habits and stride into new, good habits. Here are some of the basics you’ll learn, plus much more, at an expert running class:
- The placement of the foot on the ground is not necessarily a heel versus midsole landing debate, but the much more important element is that your stride lands at about 10 degrees in front of your hips.
- A general rule for alignment is a neutral pelvis, slightly leaning forward at the ankles (not the hips), with your arms swinging at your sides without crossing your body.
- Overextending your stride is one of the top energy stealers for runners. A shorter stride with more steps is more efficient than a lengthy stride (for evidence, watch elite marathon runners in slow-motion and note how their feet land almost beneath their bodies with each stride).
- Before a run, dynamic stretching is important to get muscles loosened and blood flowing to the limbs. Foam rolling is an excellent way to begin and end a run, even if you only have five minutes to spare. The recovery benefits are incredible, and you will find yourself less prone to injury and able to run again sooner.
Running Classes Offered at St. Pete Running Company
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Ready to take the next step? At St. Pete Running Company, we offer running classes just for you! Our expert staff will take you through a one-hour course that doesn’t have a lot of actual running, but will help make running easier for you. Check out our Facebook Events Page to find out when our next running class will be offered.
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If you’re still wondering how to run properly, we can help! Come into the store where our shoe experts are ready to provide the high-quality customer service you expect from a Top 50 Running Store in America.
We are working hard to keep our store clean and sanitized for you, our customer family. In accordance with county, city, and CDC guidelines, we require our employees to wear masks. Customers are also asked to wear masks when they come into our store. We provide hand sanitizer when you enter the store and we are limiting the number of patrons in the store at one time.