Marathon Series: The Running Man and his Footfall

Wednesday 12 August 2015 by

Running, #HoBFitness, Dad, Running buddy, Fitness

Welcome back to week thirty one of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re going to hear from our new addition to the blog, my running buddy and our very own Running Man!


 

I was out for my long run and had time to think about many things including my running style in a little more detail. It is very interesting to listen. We look and we feel but how often do we listen when running? I coach running and on many occasions the sound has given much better feedback that just looking.

So applying that to myself I realised that have a good mid-sole technique and no scuffing sounds but I am heavy under foot. I started to think about all those conversations about technical shoes that we have in running shops. The right level and depth of sole is key for the bulkier runner. My aims is to be a good triathlete and at my age it always a balance around muscle bulk. But I think it goes beyond that.

Parking the triathlete vs. runner debate and getting back to the depth of sole. Especially as running impact can put between 1.5 and 3 times your body weight through your “outstretched” leg.

There are some really good articles to help chose so I would encourage you consider your style with some thoughts and reminders:

  1. Learn about pronation, your bodies additional shock absorption, particularly as a heavier runner
  2. Consider good mid-sole running. Heel striking can create considerable shock through your knee and into your hips
  3. Check your form with a good coach or run analyst to make sure you are in control
  4. Listen when the discussion in the running shop turns to heavy running
  5. Check out specific shoes.

Most of this makes sense for all runners but my learning was that while I was on my long run I had a chance to think about my style and that means I will get faster and stay more injury free.

Oh and by the way heavier footed runners can run fast!

 

 

Are you a heavy-footed runner? What have you noticed about your own running style?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back in a soon when we’re talking about the perfect pacing!

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