Good Form Running

by Kathy on July 15, 2012 · 6 comments

in NaBloPoMo, Running, Sean

Over the past seven years I have learned to run and really enjoy the experience. Like many forms of exercise, running is therapeutic for me mentally, in addition to the way it makes me feel physically. I have trained for and run in five neighborhood 5K races, the the most recent with my eight-year-old son Sean.

I have never considered myself a serious runner and that may or may not change in the future. But when I came across the below image in my Facebook news feed last night, which was posted by our local specialty running store Running Excels, I was intrigued. I read over the steps and made a mental note to pay more attention to my form and try to implement some of the tips on my next run.

I also shared the image on my Facebook timeline and then today one of Bob and my college friends, who is really into running, commented on how much he believes in and uses this method. I respect his opinion and that got me even more interested in Good Form Running. So I Googled it and found out that there is a whole program designed to teach people how to run this way.

Do you like to run?

Have you ever tried Good Form Running?

If so, what do you think of it and how did it change the way you run?

If you are an experienced runner, what are some of the best tips that you have for someone who wants to learn to run better and possibly even faster?

Image Credit: Good Form Running AZ

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1 Justine July 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I’ve never seen this, but it’s definitely a helpful summary! I don’t think about any of these things, really … and should!
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2 Kathy July 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Glad you found this helpful Justine! I have never really thought about these things either and am anxious now to try them and see what it feels like. From what I understand it totally changes the way a person runs, in theory for the better, but I wonder what my experience will be?
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3 Jjiraffe July 16, 2012 at 2:07 am

I ran cross country in high school, and there was definitely form taught: posture: straight, keep arms in the midsection and cross cut your arm rhythm. And, go fast from time to time. We also did lots of hill repeats and a style called a German word that sounded like the word, ahem, fart. I was 15, so it made me laugh. It was a way of running steady, then sprinting then running steady then sprinting the fastest you could, just red-lining it. CC was brutal stuff, but I loved the trails. So pretty.
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4 Kathy July 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thank you for sharing all of that Jjraffe! Since I didn’t learn to run until I was an adult, I never appreciated why people liked to run or would be on teams, like cross country in school, until now. If I knew then, what I know now… I would have been so much more impressed and inspired by my friends and other classmates who ran cross country.
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5 Kristin July 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I use to love to run but I have bad knees (legacy of a broken knee when I was 6) that do NOT tolerate the pounding that running inflicts on them.
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6 loribeth August 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I like walking. I despise running. (Too many enforced mile & a half runs in school. :p ) But I so admire people who do!
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