Looking at the DE race pics, I noticed something that frustrates me. After being a heel-striker my whole life, in 2010 I started re-training myself to land closer to my mid-foot. In my mind, I think I'm ok at keeping this up but I know I slip when I get tired or pick up the pace. It's certainly something I have to always be thinking about as I'm running and it's looking like when I'm distracted by talking my companion's ear off, everything regresses...
Note Exhibit A: I'm concentrating on finishing, getting ready for a nice mid-foot plant. Well done, Average Woman Runner! And look at Kim, she's a natural mid-forefoot striker. But what is my right hand doing crossing over my chest? Not quite right there.
The next day is worse. When left completely to my own devices and am putting the pedal to the medal, it's not pretty. Exhibit C is an example from the NJ race. We'll start with the good. If you saw this close up, you would be very impressed with my slightly possessed-looking "eye of the tiger" stare I'm giving that finish line as I approach. This is to scare everyone out of my way. Also, it appears from this angle that my hips are even (see also Exhibit A).
And now the bad, starting from the top. While my hips are even, my shoulders clearly are not. If this was a 3-D photo, we would see that not only are my shoulders hunched up toward my ears and my left shoulder higher than my right, we would see that my entire torso is twisted. It's like instead of swinging my arms back and forth, I'm twisting my torso from side-to-side. It's just not healthy-looking.
And speaking of arms, again I have my arm crossing my torso rather than swinging easily along my side. While you can't see it here, I'm pretty sure we can assume that I'm putting my heel down, BAM!, right in front of my center of gravity rather than landing on my mid-foot right below me. From this photo, it looks jarring. Just a sore IT band waiting to happen, right?
So here is my homework:
- Arms front to back, swing from shoulders, no twisting.
- Feet under hips, mid-foot plant.
- Shoulders relaxed.
- Hold myself up tall, no slouching.
Anyone else have form or posture reminders they use while running? Any tips on improving form?