Are you making one of the following mechanical mistakes?
There is a lot of chatter surrounding proper running form in today’s running world, which makes it very difficult to discern which approach is appropriate or suitable for you. To make matters worse, we have witnessed the likes of Paula Radcliffe set world records with what looks like a hiccup in her stride and more recently, watched Meb Keflezighi win the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials while displaying what some would argue is impeccable form.
There are several top athletes and coaches doing their part to share proper running mechanics with the running masses. Elite runner Marilyn Arsenault of Victoria, Canada hosts a revolutionary clinic called Mindful Strides. These clinics are aimed not only at helping people run fast, but more importantly to enjoy the sport of running while avoiding injury.
The Mindful Strides’ clinics focus on four key components of good running form: Posture, Alignment, Pelvis Stability, and Hip Strength. Arsenault implements running drills that “imprint proper and efficient biomechanics through the entire gait cycle”. In the following pages we’ll identify six of the most common mistakes made in regard to running form and offer advice on how to address these flaws.