This week's tip from Jeff Galloway has to do with proper running/walking form. I try to give a fair amount of attention to my form when I'm running because I know it can make a huge difference in one's running. (Plus, race day pictures always look better if you're running along nice and straight than if you're all slouchy and hunched over.)
Here's a summary of the video:
What did you think of the video? I understand running with a straight back, I try to focus on that the most when I'm running. Since I do most of my running pushing a stroller I have a tendancy to hunch over and have to make a counscious effort to keep my back sraight. It's a little easier to do when I'm running sans stroller, unless I'm really tired. I had a coach explain once that the best way to relax your body is to make sure your shoulders and your face are relaxed... when they get tensed the rest of your body tenses up too.
I thought the part of the video that talks about taking shorter strides and practically shuffling your feet was interesting. It seems to be contrary to everything I've always been told which was, "Lengthen your stride!", "Come on, stride it out!", "Don't shuffle your feet!" (all being yelled in the voice of my high school cross country coach.) I also have to admit, it looks kind of silly. I don't know about you, but I'm very critical (if only in my mind) of other runners and my own form. I always check out runners when I see them while I'm driving and usually say to my husband, "I don't look like that do I?" He's always quick (and smart) to respond, "Of course not!" I have seen one mini video of me running and I look kind of goofy, so I'm really not one to talk. However, all that being said, it seems to work (quite well I might add) for Jeff Galloway, so maybe it can work for me/you too. What do you think?
If you missed it, you can check out last week's tip regarding the Galloway Run-Walk-Run method HERE. Next week, we'll get to take a look at Mr. Galloway's "Cadence Drill" that can help with overall running speed. I'm really looking forward to that one.
If you'd like to see more about Jeff Galloway and the runDisney program, just click HERE.