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Is your running form ready for the Moody Street 5K?

Breathing

Everyone uses different techniques, the more you run the more you will find what works best for you. You will find some people run through their noise, mouth or a combination of the two. Keep in mind that deep relaxed breathing vs. shallow quick breathes will provide the body with the most oxygen. Another great reason to run with a friend, having a conversation with your friend will help you with your breathing while taking your mind off the task at hand – talk about a win- win.

 Posture

Keep your posture straight and erect. Hold your head upright, eyes are focused straight ahead. Make sure you’re not leaning forward or back at your waist. Check your posture once in a while when out on a run, once your body starts to get tired you may notice your posture can begin to slouch.  Be sure to lift your chest once you feel yourself slouching.

 Relax your shoulders

Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle,  hands at your waist and relax your hands.  If you hold your arms up higher or clench you fists you may start to feel tightness and tension in your shoulders and neck. Your shoulders should be relaxed and facing forward, not hunched over. Maintaining this proper stance will keep the airways open and aid in effective breathing.

 Feet & Stride

Keep your feet pointed straight ahead. This may sound obvious but running with your feet pointed in or out could lead to running injuries.  Try not to bounce as that  will waste energy. Instead take short, light steps, low to the ground and focus on a quick turnover.

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