If you are a beginner runner you are very familiar with these scenarios;
- Your body has become unhealthy due to neglect, and you are wondering why your body isn’t responding as well to the routines as you hoped it would.
- Your muscles and lungs are inefficient and your body is poor at transporting oxygen to your muscles and this makes running feel harder.
- Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments are weak which makes you more susceptible to injuries if you try to push yourself too hard.
- You have a poor running technique which can make running for any length of time feel more like a struggle.
It’s a hard task to undertake and be persistent in. Here at Fitness First we know that you need to guided to stardom as a runner. You need to be guided through various running techniques through Fitness First performance running class. These classes have a phenomenal success rate in turning newbies into seasoned professionals.
These few give away tips will help you get started on your own:
- Don’t Run With Your Heel Hitting The Ground
When you do power walks, you always have a foot on the ground at every given moment. However, when you run, you have a moment of weightlessness where there is no foot on the ground.
Landing with your heel is a pretty bad running technique because it can contribute to frequent knee and back injuries.
- Make Sure Your Shoes Are Not Too Comfy
This is a common mistake newbie runner make often. They often go for running shoes that they feel very comfortable in. If your support is coming from an external source like your shoes, then the related muscles like your arches muscle which is designed to support the framework of the foot will have nothing to do. This actually makes your feet weaker and your body prone to injury.
So build up to shoes with minimal support, because they help strengthen and develop the natural muscular support in your foot and ankle. Barefoot running shoes like NIKE Free are a great choice.
- Avoid Long Strides And Lurching Forward
It is an honest waste of time and an energy drain to be leaping forward while running. It is way better that you take short and more effective strides. Less motion through the joint means less wear and tear and improved efficiency during your runs.
The aim shouldn’t be to get there so fast that you burn out a long way off, it should be to maintain your best pace throughout the distance. As you develop, that pace would become faster while maintaining moderate strides.
At fitness first, we are insistent that you become a better runner and we have much more to offer you. This is why you should make a moderate investment to be guided through various running techniques through Fitness First performance running class.
Here is to the pro runner in you!