Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mini Runner's Clinic

Photo by OHventures

"Every day is a good day when you run."

I recently attended the American Cancer Society Endurance Team Kickoff Event for the Capital City Half Marathon! The event took place initially at Fleet Feet Sports in Lewis Center for a mini runner's clinic and then moved next door to Caribbean Jerk's for some yummy bar food!

The runner's clinic at Fleet Feet was courtesy of its owner/operator Jeff Henderson (pictured above) for the Marathoners In Training (MIT) program. He takes runners and perfects their form to maximize their abilities and make sure they safely train and compete. Even though I will be running the Quarter Marathon this year as opposed to the Half Marathon (due to a knee injury I suffered last year), I benefited greatly by attending the runner's clinic. 

No matter how far you run, be it half a mile or half a marathon, one thing holds constant: proper form is essential. Running poorly can negatively affect your entire body from your feet to your back (I should know). If done wrong, running can do more harm than good.  

If you want to avoid injury as much as possible and improve your time, here are a few quick tips from Jeff Henderson's Runner's Clinic at Fleet Feet Sports.

4 Simple Steps to Good Running Form (thanks to www.goodrunningform.com)

1. Posture: Stand tall, point your toes forward, and reach for the sky to reset your posture. As you run, leep your head up and gaze forward.

2. Midfoot: March in place prior to your run in order to reinforce the proper midfoot strike. Landing on your forefood can strain the calf and achilles tendon, while heel striking will cause braking.

3. Cadence: You should aim for a cadence of 180 strides per minute. Run lightly and avoid pounding! Visit http://jogtunes.com to find music to set your cadence to!

4. Lean: Lean from your ankles without bending at the waist. Use gravity to your advantage instead of excessive muscle force.

For more information about the Marathoners In Training (MIT) program by Jeff Henderson and Fleet Feet Sports so you can improve your running, visit www.trainwithmit.com.

Run Harder. Train Harder. Fight Cancer.

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