At SoleFit, we see patients with a whole range of activity levels. From someone who walks the dog or works a bit in the garden, all the way to Olympic and professional athletes. We do however get a lot of runners coming through and we wanted to put this little video together to give a few simple suggestions when looking at improving your running efficiency. It’s a great time to be a runner because there is so much information out there, but it’s a very confusing time to be a runner for the very same reason!
This could easily be a 3hr video but for now we wanted to put together a few of our broad stroke tips on running biomechanics – let’s call it Running Efficiency 101…
It’s a great time to be a runner because there is so much information out there, but it’s a very confusing time to be a runner for the very same reason!
Experiment of One
It’s not just about the shoes
Ask the question ‘Why am I not running as efficiently as I could?’
Fix the Source
A healthier runner is a more efficient runner
Use cues like cadence and barefoot work
Small amounts of barefoot running can be a great way to ‘force’ a positive change to our running efficiency. Unlike most other sports/activities, we are born to run and removing protective footwear forces the body to do the job of shock absorption. However, even though most runners will run more efficiently when barefoot, it is important to start out conservatively as even though it’s a good change, it’s a BIG change for most!
It’s okay not to change
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