Hi everybody, I am Irene and, as well as many runners, I face every day with the problem of improving my running technique in order to get better and better performances and, at the same time, prevent injuries.
The Net if full of media of professional athletes. they are really good paradigms of good running action. Anyway you easily notice they have different actions, even if all of them are efficient. They can run with longer or shorter steps, less or more frequent steps. These differences depend on their natural predisposition and on their event, on the distance they cover, their speed and power.
First of all we have to say that there isn't only one running action good for everybody. Each athlete has a personal way of running that can be improved in order to be more efficient. Every person has his own running action with its strength and weak points. We all need to improve our weak point in order to have a more efficient action that could give us the the opportunity of running faster with less effort without bringing physical harm.
Most of athletes aims to an action as circular as possible. What I mean is the knee that comes up with the leg almost parallel to the ground. After that the leg goes down vertically and it land on the forefoot. At the end the foot is rapidly recalled to the gluteus and another step is going on.
Learning an efficient running action is a long process that needs a long time and a daily focused training. Let's analyze most common defects for runners and some useful exercize which can help to correct them.
Typical of long distance runner, they land on the knee instead of the forefoot.