For good running technique, Fundamental Movement provides the foundation for excellent technical movement, injury avoidance and minimum wastage of energy.
Efficient and effective movement involves the whole kinetic chain coordinated well:
- Trunk stabilises the pelvis and transfers force
- Stability and Control through Range of Movement are essential
- Good shape represents stability and control appropriate for the task
- Balance created by keeping Centre of Mass over Base of Support
- Triple extension/flexion key for force production
The best way to assess your running technique and movement is to observe yourself, and to physically think and feel how you are moving. It’s easiest to do this through a coach or by joining a club where team mates can provide you with immediate feedback.
For further information on running technique and fundamental movement, numerous coaches stand out for their expertise including Max Jones who was Paula Radcliffe’s strength and conditioning coach, Frans Bosch, Bobby McGee who is an expert in middle-distance running transformation and Dan Pfaff, who notably uses a battery of med-ball throws before sprint training.
Bobby McGee describes the forward lean, power application, loading the leg, optimal run gait, and point of foot-strike: heel vs. forefoot:
Bobby McGee describes how to position your upper body while running:
Bobby McGee is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost authorities in running. He’s a six-time Olympic coach as well as coach to many top ranked ITU athletes and World Champion Runners of every distance.
Technique, drills and training
My current favourite YouTuber for technique, drills and training is Norwegian champion sprinter Mathias Hove Johansen. Mathias is a rising star and in my view, he’s an interesting athlete to watch this year (or into 2022, given the challenges of COVID-19).