Here it is! I’m finally letting the secret out. It’s what every runner has been waiting for.
It’s going to be an exciting a short post:
There isn’t one!
Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging with that bombshell.
But it’s true. Just like diets, there is no one-size-fits-all blueprint for running form.
If you don’t believe me, just watch some of the top performers on the road, cross-country and track.
All those Internet sites and online videos that teach you the “best” way to run are great – except they miss the vital ingredient:
The simple truth is “we all move differently”. And because of this there can’t be just one way to run more efficiently, faster, longer, and less injury prone.
The good news though, is that there is a framework from which you can build your unique blueprint – and this is what I’ve been working on for the last 10 years.
There are some cornerstones that research and experience support that can help us run stronger, faster and longer. But, we have to tailor these to our own uniqueness.
The framework that I’ve built is based on what I call The 3 Marshal Points to Victory:
- Cardiorespiratory fitness
- Neuromapping and proprioception
- Stiff spring
It lays the foundation for all of us to achieve those cornerstones identified as elements of good running form:
- Relaxed, upright posture with level, stable hips
- Appropriately quick cadence (foot turnover)
- Running from the back
- Up-cycling heels that take advantage of our natural elasticity
If you have ever tried to change your running form then you’ll know just how hard it is. And that’s why you need to personalise it. Do you know what cadence you should be aiming for? Do you know the quirks in your gait that you’ve encoded through years and years of walking and moving?
I believe that running is individual to all of us – after all, we are all unique humans with unique life experiences. Why would there be just one blueprint?
This is why RunTeach exists. I want to share this truth with runners of all abilities, providing the education and tools so you can take control of your own running journey.
Keep tuning in for all the best, and sometimes crazy and weird, stuff I’m going to share from the best resources out there, and start to build your own running form blueprint!