How do I check running mechanics?
First have someone watch your foot strike. Is it in front of your centre of mass? Is you knee locked and the leg extended? What part of your foot lands first? You can actually check all of this yourselfif you concentrate and pay attention to how you are moving. Try this exercise, holding onto something move your leg with knee bent to the rear then swing it forward from the hip letting the knee and thigh lead, unlock the knee and let the foot drop and swing as you place it with your toe down so that you land on your fore or mid foot as you move your body forward as if you were running. You should find it lands under your centre of mass with the knee flexed. If it does not you are leading with your foot and not your knee causing you to over stride and land on your heel with you knee locked. This deprives you of any shock absorption from the flexed knee and the muscles of the front of the thigh.
Simple formula, swing your leg from the hip, do not reach with your foot, run on your feet not with them.
Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 12/28/2012 (20:51)
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