Essential Concepts of Efficient Running
Written by Nuno Costa
Here are some key principles that emphasize correct body mechanics that are going to help you run faster and stay injury free.
Establish an Ideal Position – Think of a figure 4 or a flamingo (check out the picture above). You want to have your head, neck and shoulders relaxed, shoulders over the hips, hips over the ankle. If you took a PVC pipe you could draw a line over these points – shoulders, hips and ankles. Efficient running is the ability to go from the ideal position on one foot to the other with as little effort as possible – we do this naturally as kids and we tend to build bad habits as we grow older.