Even though the race is over, I always get a few butterflies in my stomach fueled purely by vanity as I click through to the pics.
"God, I hope the camera really does add ten pounds".
Basically my goal is to not look like a Yeti.
It's sometimes achieved.
Lately though, I've been thinking there are some other thoughts to take from Brightroom. Thoughts like "What the F is up with my form?".
There are all sort of advice that you can read about having good form. Keep a quick cadence, drive your knees forward, try to minimize vertical motion, don't twist too much, and keep your elbows at 90 degrees.
Improving your form can help prevent injury and make you a faster runner.
It'll make you look like these super fast looking dudes with great form:
Let's take a look at exhibit A from the Eugene marathon.
Unless I was trying to push the person to the right out of my way or run the slowest marathon possible, I'm pretty sure it's time to stop twisting and flailing my arms around.
But that's not the only problem:
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You know that part about having a short but fast stride and minimizing vertical motion? Guess I missed the memo on that one too.
So I've decided it's time to do something about it. I'm not sure I'm going to get much faster without trying to iron out some kinks anyways.
When I run, I've been focusing on keeping a short and quick stride. This has added benefits of helping my right knee that's been sore for a while. One of these days, I'll start doing high knee and butt kick drills too, but only after my neighbors agree not to have me committed when they see me doing drills outside their door.
I've also been doing some very minor strength training. Really minor like pushups and situps before bed. I've also made a deal with myself that if I go to the gym, I have to pick up a free weight, even if it's for 30 seconds.
I'm not 100% sure this will make me a better runner, but it can't hurt, right?
And if it does hurt, I can go back to my Batman meets Chubby Checker style of running.
Have you ever tried to improve your form? With any decent results?