Effective Running Requires Awareness

February 20, 2011

We take our habits with us into everything we do including running. The wear and tear on the bottom of your shoes is a graphic example of habit. Notice that the wear patterns on each shoe are different; for example, you may have worn down the outside of the heel on one and the spot under the big toe on the other. If your habits are causing knee, hip or back discomfort or pain you may have resorted to orthotics to try to correct the problem. But the fact remains that even with orthotics our bodies try to go back to the same pattern that it feels comfortable with. What’s to be done, you ask? How can I make a lasting and significant change so that I run more effectively and not promote self-injury?

Research indicates that any change demands attention, focus and awareness. Simply put, if you don’t know what you’re doing you can’t do what you want. In order to change something you first need to know what your habit is. Over the next few weeks I will be posting tips to help you identify habits and ideas for improvement so that you can begin to run the way nature intended.

Take a few minutes now to do a simple gait analysis activity so can feel how you initiate moving forward. 

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