DR. LOWELL GREIB IS AN EXPERT IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY AND CEO OF THE SPORTLAB, A HIGH-END SPORT THERAPY CLINIC IN HUNTSVILLE. WORKING AS AN EXPERT ON RUNNERS’ FORM, HE FINDS TOO OFTEN THAT RUNNERS ARE SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FEET. “WE DO ALL THAT TRAINING AND RUNNING, BUT NEVER STOP TO THINK — ARE WE DOING IT RIGHT?” THERE IS NO ONE PERFECT WAY FOR EVERY ATHLETE TO RUN, BUT PLEASE CONSIDER THESE FUNDAMENTALS AS HELPFUL TO HELP STAVE OFF INJURY, DECREASE TIMES, INCREASE ENDURANCE, AND SPEND A LONGER, HAPPIER TIME AT THE RACES. YOU’LL BE THANKING DR. GREIB THAT YOU DID. ILLUSTRATION BY CHLOE CUSHMAN
5 Push backward from the ball of the lead foot and drive the hip forward on the same side. This is where the most power is generated. CUE: Aggressively scrape gum from the bottom of your shoe.
6 The elbow passively moves forward but should not pass the midline of the body. Allow the lead hip to extend. CUE: Kick like a donkey to close a door behind you.
7 As you push off, your hip becomes fully extended and your foot leaves the ground. This is the beginning of the Swing Phase. CUE: Keep the horizon from moving up and down.
8 Elbows stay tight to the torso to avoid rotation of your trunk. All your energy should drive straight forward. CUE: Run through a narrow doorway.
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