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happyfeet




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So a buddy of mine ran track in college. Needless to say he is way way faster than I am. I eventually asked him what he does...he told me I need to lift my legs more and reach out farther with them...It seemed to make me go faster. Is this a good thing to do for longer distances and all running in general? Advantages/Disadvantages?
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:36 pm View user's profile Send private message
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Happy feet some sleep might help...posting around midnight cant be good for recovery!
I am no exercise guru but the advice he has given you looks suited to track or short races. In longer runs your economy is the key and that comes from running efficiently, which basically means using less energy to run further/faster...you will not see many marathon/distance runners running with high legs. It often looks more like a shuffle.
Not sure if the above makes any sense, lets see what the rest have to say.
Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:41 am View user's profile Send private message
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Apart from strength and conditioning, the two key components of running economy, and the two elemental aspects of running which must change in order to become a faster runner, are stride length and stride frequency. Improvements in fitness and physiological parameters will only increase the distance you are able to cover at your familiar pace, while increasing the speed at which you run can most often only be done by optimizing stride length and frequency.

The easiest way to improve stride frequency is to take a look at your range of motion (ROM) used while running. Keeping the knees less flexed and the foot down at the level of the knee rather than pulled up close to the buttock during the swing phase creates a very long lever with a heavy foot dangling on its end. This lever then has to be swung forward for the next step and the longer the lever, the more effort is required to move it and the slower it can be moved.

Rather, pull the knee in closer, essentially shortening the lever and making it easier and faster to move. When optimizing stride length it is important not to over-stride, as allowing the lead foot to strike ahead of the body’s centre of gravity creates a braking force which leads to added resistance, and hence, increased effort to overcome.

Rather than reaching out with the foreleg to get maximum distance during a stride, think about pushing back as hard as you can on each step, using the gluteal and hamstring muscles to do so. Run from your hips – not from your knees!

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Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:53 am View user's profile Send private message
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Hmm thank you for the advice Casperb. That makes alot of sense to me (the pushing back as hard as possible). I will try it out and be back here soon. Thanks to you to Dickie...My times must be off because I definitely didn't post at midnight. That might be too obsessive.
Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:52 pm View user's profile Send private message
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Also remember keeping the knees less flexed and the foot down at the level of the knee rather than pulled up close to the buttock during the swing phase. In other words try to not lift your feet above knee level while also pushing back as long as possible will make a big difference, you will see!

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Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:47 am View user's profile Send private message
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I just saw this last comment...I will try it and get back to you! Thanks so much!
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Yes Leg position matters more fo runner. There should be proper angle between above or below the knee.Use Stride trainer for proper formation ,it will let you drive yoour leg back and forward to improve leg mechanism.

Thanks !


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