Scott Jurek’s book Eat and Run inspired me to revisit my running form. In Eat and Run, Jurek mentions a book called Running With the Whole Body. I put it on hold at the library and can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. I’ve read that it’s a little dated–we’re talking 1986 with a 1996 update (no Nook version for this one!). However, I am sure it has some very valuable info on improving your running form.
A few days ago I started running with my metronome app again to make sure that my cadence is at 180. I also want to work on using my arms and shoulders for more power and to make myself a more efficient runner. Using your arms correctly gives you more power and takes some of the work off your legs.
I have been thinking about form lately because I feel like I have had some recurrent issues with joint soreness and hip flexors that have led me to believe that maybe adjusting my running form could help. Doesn’t hurt to try right?
I know that tuning up my running form is going to require me to slow down a bit, and I’m okay with that. Today was a great 50 minute run. I felt fantastic–that, to me, is priceless.
For those of you that haven’t run with a metronome, I would definitely suggest it. I use an iPhone app from Steinway. Give it a try and see what you think!
Have you ever tried to tweak your running form? What happened (please tell me something good! )?