On my long run last weekend, I found myself running back on my heals which we all know is not necessarily the best form. That thought evolved into
“I wonder how many other runners are running like this?”
“I wonder how many of these runners are newbies?”
“If any of these rookie runners stopped me and asked for my advice, what would I tell them about getting into running?”
I actually have been putting a lot of thought into this over the past couple days and I’ve come up with my list:
1. Take it slow – No one is a marathoner out of the gate. It takes time. When you go out for your first run, set a realistic expectation that it might only be a mile or so.
As often as possible, try to breathe through your nose
Relax your upper body – If you’re shrugging your shoulders, you’re probably not using your arms to help you generate forward momentum.
Do not allow your heal to strike the ground – this was the problem that started it all for me last weekend. Doing this is a result of being lazy and can prevent you from pushing off your foot adequately.