After work I headed over to Fleet Feet for the running form workshop. It was put on by Newton shoes who had a rep there so we could try Newtons.
The rep taught us about form and ran us through some drills and then we went on a mini run to practice.
Form highlights for those of you who may be running like this
1) pretend you are holding potato chips (or your favorite crushable snack item) in your hand to relax your grip and keep your arms lose
2) don't cross your arms over your body while running, try to keep everything pointing forward
3) land with your feet under your body not in front of it. Landing in front is more impact and causes you to put on the brakes. Your heel can touch the ground, don't run on your toes just try to keep your feet from getting out in front of you
4) fall forward or in other words let gravity pull you forward, don't actually face plant just lean forward from your feet all the way to your head- this works amazingly well to propel you forward, I must have been doing a lot of up and down movement and less forward movement
5) keep your head up and look forward- amazing how much time I spend staring at the ground right in front of me
6) cadence- move your feet faster. Most people run at 160 the most efficient cadence is around 180. This is difficult to do and a metronome might come in handy (on the wish list) to get you used to the higher cadence. You don't have to go faster (though I seem to when I try to do this) just pick up your feet more.
7) pick your feet up with your hips and knees to rotate through don't push off from the ground.
A lot to remember so I headed out to practice this morning on my 3 miler. It was exhausting. First of all my poor brain was like potato chips (mmm I am hungry, focus), lift with knees, move feet faster, YOU'RE CRUSHING THE POTATO CHIP, LOOK UP, CADENCE, AHHHHHH. I had to dial it down and focus on one or two things at a time. After awhile I felt like I had it down pretty well but by mile 3 I was pretty tired. Apparently my normal form is horrendous and it takes a lot of effort to get it in line. It is recommended that you start changing your form slowly, a few miles out of your run or on short runs, especially adjusting your cadence. That can take months to adjust up to 180.
Overall a great clinic and fun time. Thanks Fleet Feet Tucson for being awesome!