Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Running Posture

Running Posture

 I've been running for a very long time... 

What I have realized when I run is that I have developed a bad habit and it's a running posture that is off!
My bad posture,  it's causing a whole host of problems!
At the end of my runs, especially my long runs...
I've started to slump and tilt my head more. 
Sometimes I feel so uncomfortable and tense from running that I can't wait until the run is over. 

It can be mind boggling wondering what has happened to your running, if you don't know that bad posture may be the culprit!

Here are some interesting points I'll address:
  •  What bad posture does to your body while you're running. 
  •   a way to align your posture while you run.
  •  a program that prevents your body from falling out of alignment and lets you stay in good form.
  • I'll let you see a test that you can try too! 

What does bad running posture do to your running?
It makes your body fall out of it's natural alignment.
Your torso, hips, legs, shoulders, back and even your breathing can be affected.
This will cause you to run slow and feel sluggish.

Why do you feel like this during a race? 

During a race you are much more tense than during your normal runs and your posture it different than it usually is.Your joints and muscle become strained and tight and your breathing goes out of rhythm and  your stride can become too long or short. Cramping can even happen in the abdomen because of slouching over.

 How do you align your body while you run?
  • Be conscious of when you feel these symptoms above, and change your running posture by doing a posture body check starting at your shoulders and down your neck to your abdomen, legs then ankles. If you feel tension in any part, relax it. 
  • Look ahead with your eyes peering about 20 feet away, your chin should be level with you neck relaxed. Sometimes this is all that is needed to get your running posture in check. (My Trick!) 
  • Shoulders back for good breathing - Visualize a light from the sky shining down through your head to in between your feet. Think this and you will have perfect posture!

I have been working on my core and training using Runner's Yoga. This program focuses on your muscles and joints and builds strength and flexibility. 
Posture is so important to help your body stay strong!
Running and feeling good is really important. 
Be conscious of your posture while you run.

This is my test that you need to try, it was amazing!    
I ran a 5Km being completely conscious of my posture.

After coming back from the run with better posture, my running times where about a minute faster then usual! I couldn't believe it, because to be honest I wasn't putting a lot of speed or effort into it. What a surprise! 
I ran with my my back and shoulders straighter, looking straight ahead. I constantly thought of a beam of light that would need a good path to shine down through my body, starting from the top of my head down between my feet.
Then another day I ran and didn't concentrate or think about posture.
After doing a regular run with my regular posture my times were slower...About a minute slower. I actually felt more tired at the end of my run.

This may have had to do with a whole host of issues, but to see if  your posture has something to do with the way your running is going, try it.

Stay in tune with your body and think about your running posture!

Please leave a comment in the section below if you've had any posture problems running.

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