Running form and mechanics are important in reducing risk of injury, improving running efficiency and improving performance. Runners may look for a variety of solutions to help them improve their running performance, but they can start by focusing on the 3 components of running form. This video will give you insight into these components and help you address the issues caused by poor running form.
3 Components Of Running Form To Focus On
- Running Cadence
- Foot Placement
Over-striding, often especially found in novice athletes, you will see runners take huge steps to try to clear more ground. These huge steps are “over-striding,” instead try to shorten your stride and take smaller steps.
Running cadence is defined as the number of steps a runner takes on a per minute basis while running. The goal is to take approximately 180 steps per minute, however in the novice runner this may be hard to achieve, therefore making a goal of >165 steps per minute is beneficial.
When running each foot should essentially hit the same spot with each step. When you begin to cross the midline, or have a varied foot placement pattern, you will become much less efficient in your run. This may also increase your chance of injury. To the untrained eye, this will be hard to assess. If you are currently experiencing an injury or pain due to running, this is something to consider and review in your stride. Start by taking a video of you running toward the camera and see where your foot lands. If it isn’t the same repetitive motion then this could be the cause of your injury. Taking the time to address your foot placement can lead to longer and more fruitful running.