Updated: Mar 26, 2021
One of the most common questions I have received is “Am I running right?”
Running is easy—just lace up your shoes and start moving at a faster pace than a walk, right? But having proper running form? That’s a lot easier said than done. Your unique running mechanics are determined by the strength and flexibility of certain muscles and how your body is built.
“It’s important to pay attention to mechanics, even if you’re not an elite or professional runner,” says Adidas high-performance coach Terrence Mahon.“We’re trying to do two things: One is not get hurt so that we can keep doing the thing we love to do, and two, we’re trying to do it with less effort and more efficiency.”
In other words, the better your form—the easier running feels, especially when you start to get fatigued. While everyone’s natural mechanics are different, here’s what you should be doing to ensure proper running form, from your head to your toes.
Check out this great article in Runners world for a Head to Toe Check