Did you enjoy connecting with your new favorite running buddy?

I hope you all enjoyed connecting with your new favorite running buddy today.  “G” is always there for you, and can be incredibly helpful yet never says a single word.  All “G” asks is that you show respect: “Don’t fight me because you’ll pay the price.  Instead, let me help you move forward gracefully.”  And who is “G”?  That would be “gravity”.

We covered a lot about proper body mechanics today, probably more than most can absorb in a single lesson; and we do plan to reinforce those lessons about efficient, injury free running throughout the season.  But if I had to sum it all up with a short phrase, it would be “Let gravity be your friend”.  Here are some tips for harnessing the power of gravity:

Flat surface running: 

  • Lean slightly forward, with your entire body aligned (not bending forward at the waist).
  • Think about landing on your mid-foot, with your feet landing quietly underneath you.
  • Keep your arms relaxed, low, and gliding back and forth at your sides.

Downhill running (i.e., feeling like a Super Hero)

  • Lean slightly forward, with your entire body aligned (not bending forward at the waist).
  • Let your stride lengthen as you “fall” forward down the hill. You will naturally accelerate with minimal effort.
  • Keep your arms relaxed and gliding back and forth, without crossing your midline. If you need to raise them a bit to maintain your balance, go for it.

Uphill running:

  • Lean slightly forward, with your entire body aligned (not bending forward at the waist).
  • Shorten your stride
  • Keep your arms relaxed, low, and gliding back and forth at your sides.
  • Tell yourself that it’s not that hard. You are actually giving your “flat surface” muscles a break.

The L.A. Marathon course has a lot of gradual uphills and downhills, and it’s long! Throughout the season, we’ll help you not only add miles but also refine your technique. As you learn to run more efficiently, you’ll prepare yourself well for tackling this big challenge. 

GO TEAM!!!

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