A few years ago I went along to a running clinic with my cousin.
I'd been running for years prior to that, but had never really given a lot of thought to my 'technique' - I wasn't particularly trying to smash amazing run times, I was just enjoying being outdoors while I got some exercise, took in the sights and sounds and always felt a million bucks afterwards, endorphins pumping (endorphins = chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain).
However, after trying out a few of these running tips, I found my runs smoother, more relaxing on days where my body was tight and another nice side effect, I got a bit quicker :)
The tip that worked best for me: instead of putting effort into lifting up the knee on your leading leg to propel you forward as you run, try lifting the heel of that front leg up to your butt - your knee will automatically project up and forwards, propelling you forward without the drag of pulling up your leg. I couldn't believe how much lighter my leg felt when I did this.
Other tips you might like to try:
lift your chest - this will pull your shoulders back and stop you rounding forward - also makes it easier to breathe!
tuck your chin slightly - your head weights a fair bit, so if your chin is lifted too high it can put strain on your neck.
breathe rhythmically - if you find you get the stitch a lot, this can help. Intentionally breathe in through your nose as you inhale, run a certain amount of steps (say 3) then exhale through your nose or mouth (for another number of steps). Make sure when you exhale that you let all that breath out before you inhale again.
New to running and looking for more tips? Why not join our beginner's running group - jump on our facebook page to be alerted when the next group is starting up 🖤
Amanda is a registered personal trainer and certified boxing instructor who specialises in fitness for women. Her goal is to inspire women of all ages to enjoy living an active, healthy life!
As a Mum of an active boy and baby girl and owner of Perth-based personal training company She’s a Knockout, Amanda is dedicated to empowering women to be fit, strong and confident in themselves.