[Infographic] The 5 Pillars of Running Form

While many runners know the importance of nutrition, hydration and mileage, far fewer focus on proper form. Optimizing how your body moves can help you run faster, farther and help avoid injury in the long-run. Check out our infographic on the 5 pillars of running form and tips for each so you can start improving today.

Here’s Why Your Arm Swings Matter

In the context of running, much of our attention is put on the lower half of our bodies with respect to what we’re doing with our feet, legs, and hips. But, there are actually some important things happening on our upper bodies that — with a little attention and help — could improve our running economy and enhance performance. In our last post, we discussed running and posture; here, we’ll talk about the importance of arm swings and how it affects our balance and stability. (hint: it actually still has a lot to do with your posture).

Step More, Not Far – The Dangers of Overstriding

When the goal is running faster and farther (as it is for many of us), we tend to fall into a nasty habit of controlling speed by increasing our stride length rather than increasing our step count. It is one of the most commonly seen form faux-pas for runners, and it’s also one of the most common causes of injury. Yikes! So what defines overstriding?

Gait Retraining: 4 Red Flags to Look Out For In Your Running Form

Contributed Piece By: Dr. Rebecca Shultz, PhD in Biomechanics 

Gait training is the clinical term for learning to walk or run. Gait retraining then is learning to walk or run again. This relearning may need to occur after an injury and after an assessment that found a red flag that may predispose a runner to injury or reduce a runner’s performance.

Hollywood Running Form

Nothing in Hollywood is ever as it seems. Good lighting and award-winning writers can turn an everyday Joe into a superhero or a villain. But the one big mistake any avid runner notices when they’re intently watching the latest blockbuster on the big screen? How terrible that superhero’s running form is.

We’ve picked out some of the most iconic runs in Hollywood — good and bad — and brought in our running expert Rebecca Shultz to take a closer look at how each character fares.