Whenever I am doing a speed workout I find that I naturally sit back into my stride. I tend to keep my body upright a bit or even lean back as I am running. I constantly remind myself throughout my intervals to lean forward (from the ankles, not the waist or hips) as I run. This lean forward not only helps with my running efficiency but it allows gravity to pull me forward a bit.
With a slight lean forward from the ankles I am able to push off the ground and forward a lot easier. My stride feels smoother and faster with the lean from the ankles. When I am sitting back in my stride it takes a lot more energy to move forward because I am pushing up and forward more… does that make sense? Just something to think about during your next speed workout!
PS My lean picture is a little exaggerated… I don’t think I lean that forward but you get the idea:) Self-timer pictures are tricky.
My favorite running form chart … check out the tips for leaning!
And a quick little video that offers some more advice about the right way to lean and how it can help your running!
1- The red hat is kind of a big deal around here and it is worn as much as possible.
2- Brooke and I have gone through 8 entire watermelons between the two of us this summer. Talk about an accomplishment.
3- You know you are in marathon training when you wear compression socks often even when it is 90 degrees outside.
4- You also know you are in marathon training when you have a snack in your hands at all times. Exceptions to this fact are when you are running or eating a meal.
5- We eat out way too much. I need to work on it. Remember when we were all kids—> going out to eat was a huge deal. We probably went out to eat like 10 times a year as a kid and it was usually because it was somebody’s birthday.
We got some grilled chicken sandwiches after a 30 minute gym session.
6- Pretzel kisses at grandma’s house.
7- Time to retry last Saturday’s workout. 400s… I am coming for you.
What are your tips for speed workouts? Have a favorite speed workout to share with us?
Are you a snacker or do you mainly stick to 3 meals a day?
What is your workout today?
Did you eat out very often when you were growing up? How often do you eat out now?