Good Form Will Carry You Through®

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Watch Your Zipper Line

By on 02/13/2013 in Running

Good form will carry you through℠.

Coach Brendan Zipper Line

Think of the zipper line on a jacket running down the center of your torso. If your hands cross that zipper line, the shoulders and the top half of the body usually follow the hands.

While I was on the running path earlier this week, I saw several runners whose form was a little ragged. Many runners lose proper running form in cold, windy conditions by fighting the wind and getting tighter to combat the cold. Yet, running tight is counterproductive.

Running is a linear sport. We should run with our body moving forward. Any sideward motion uses energy better spent in the latter part of the run. Many runners spend a great deal of energy twisting their upper bodies, fighting the efforts of the lower body.

Think of the zipper line on a jacket running down the center of your torso. If your hands cross that zipper line, the shoulders and the top half of the body usually follow the hands. The torque created from the waist up is energy that could be used to run smoother.

Periodically, glance down at the position of your hands at the front part of your arm swing. If you see your thumb and forefinger, your hands are likely crossing the zipper line. A slight adjustment is all that’s needed. Hold your hands a little wider from your body, slightly wider than your hips. As your arm swings back, think about reaching into your back pocket. This extends your reach further in a straight line with less crossing over the zipper line.

Once corrected, your endurance level will improve, you’ll hold your pace for a longer period of time and your good form will carry you through℠.

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