Energy is an essential factor in running, and thats why is so important to have good energy deposits in your body and try to spend the least amount of energy possible when running (race economy).
Unfortunately, most runners are focused in the food they eat before or during the competition or workout, and very few think to improve their running economy.
This is why we encourage you, to keep reading and discover a secret that can help you take advantage of your competitors, because when running long distances, you can go faster if you spend less energy.
THE METHOD TO SPEND LESS ENERGY AND RUN FASTER
Even when the very essence of running is just moving your feet back and forth, it is much more than that, and as many other sports, it requires a suitable running technique.
A good running technique is combining every movement in our body (trunk and extremities) in a way that helps us get to an optimal mechanical efficiency and a visual appearance of minimum effort.
There is no such thing as having a unique running technique for all runners, but there are several guidelines and common errors to avoid that can help you becoming a more efficient and economic runner.
As there are ways to save energy, there are other ways to spend more energy in running (here you can see some graphic examples) and these are the type of activities you should avoid.
In a marathon, wasting energy in every step will lead you to crash against the wall and finishing in much more time.
A good technique is in no way a guarantee of an automatic and absolute success, but having a poor execution will affect in:
– your general performance.
– increase the chance of injuries.
There are some runners that still manage to accomplish excellent marks having important mistakes in their technique, but we are convinced that your results will improve with a more efficient technique.
Some guidelines to improve your running technique (with more information in articles to come):
– improve your cadence (the amount of steps per minute), by doing short steps and decreasing the contact time of your feet against the ground
– avoid overstriding (stepping excessively over your center of gravity)
– avoid giving a step without flexing your knees.
– do not move your arms too much
– avoid stressing your face and shoulders muscles
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