With the off-season in full swing, thoughts on form tend to be forgotten this time of year while they are more top of mind in-season. What we must keep top of mind is our potential will always be limited if we do not work on our efficiency in addition to our endurance and speed.
Here are some key pointers in how your body should be positioned to run as efficiently as possible. Remember, excess movement is wasted energy that causes an earlier onset of fatigue and could instead be used towards greater endurance or speed.
Make it a point to understand these key pointers and consistently work towards efficient form. Focus on one or two of these areas in each run. Just like with swimming, when we try to focus on several areas at once, we tend to lose focus altogether. When you focus on one or two, it's easier to maintain this train of thought and leads to greater improvement.
CLICK HERE to learn, understand and practice five different running drills and a variety of stretches to help improve your running efficiency. These drills will improve and help reinforce:
Complete these exercises at least one to two times a week or after your warm-up and before the main set in every high intensity run session. Complete these static stretches four to five times per week or after every workout. Static stretching is best completed when our core temperature is elevated, like after your workouts or a hot shower.
Maximize your potential by learning and understanding how to develop greater efficiency. Skill refinement never ends. Master the mechanics and speed is a byproduct.