Last night while running on the treadmill at the gym I was watching this young lady, she was on the tread mill when I got there and 60 min later after my warm up, weights and stretching I went to do my 30 min run on the treadmill.
She had been there the whole time and I don’t believe she stopped once in 90 min. I was noticing her form (no not that form). She kind of leaned in, and was landing on her forefoot not her heal. I also noticed she did not kick her legs out as far as I did. I started to copy her form and noticed a few key factors. She never looked down, her leg never went past her torso and she landed on her forefoot instead of using her heal, like I was. I also noticed a few more things, I did not wind as easily, my lower backed stopped throbbing and when I landed it did not feel hard but like I was floating.
Today at work I started to Google about running properly. It turns out what she was doing is an actual technique called the Forefoot Strike. I have watched a few videos and found one that really gets into the details, but in layman’s terms.
I am excited to get to the track tonight and tape myself running. I am hoping to see if I can tape me running my way, then with the forefoot strike. Hopefully watching this will let me see where I need to improve.