Three mistakes you’re making while running and you probably don’t even realize.
1- Keeping that ankle and foot tight during the entire run. This is what causes that nemesis known as shin splints. If you never loosen up your foot and give your muscles a rest during your run you will end up with shin splints. What you can do to counter this is relax your foot while it’s at the top of the figure four position. This will help to release the lower leg muscles and give them relief from the constant strain.
2- A slight bend at the waist. This is the cause of your lower back pain while running. When you have this slight bend at the waist you’re relying on your lower back to hold up the weight of your entire upper body. Imagine how much your upper body weighs, thats how much your lower back is straining to hold up during your run. To fix this you should lean with your hips putting your entire body at a slight angle and concentrate on flexing your abs slightly during your run.
3- Heel striking. When you land while running three times your body weight lands on that heel. This causes ankle knee and hip shock. You may not feel it at the time, especially with the running shoes you wear with the huge heel pads that soften then blow. The shoes may make you feel less pain at the time but your body is still receiving that shock. To prevent this you should land on your forefoot. All the muscles in your foot plus the bone structure in your foot are better suited to absorb this shock than your ankle and knees.
Coach Nick Larson
Coach Nick Larson
Leader of the Illumine Endurance Club, a.k.a “Fun”durance.
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