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Running form is an essential aspect of efficient and injury-free running. Proper form can help you conserve energy, reduce the risk of injury, and improve your overall running performance. Here are some key elements of good running form:

  1. Posture: Keep your head up, shoulders back and relaxed, and torso upright. Avoid slouching or leaning forward or backward.

  2. Foot Strike: Land on the midfoot or forefoot, rather than the heel. This allows for a smoother transition and helps absorb shock.

  3. Stride Length: Your stride should be short and quick, with a cadence of at least 170-180 steps per minute. This helps reduce the risk of injury and increases efficiency.

  4. Arm Swing: Keep your arms relaxed and bent at a 90-degree angle. Your hands should be lightly clenched and swing naturally back and forth.

  5. Breathing: Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Take deep, even breaths to help maintain proper oxygen flow.

  6. Core Engagement: Engage your core muscles by pulling your navel towards your spine. This helps maintain good posture and stability.

  7. Flexibility: Incorporate stretching and mobility exercises into your routine to improve your range of motion and reduce the risk of injury.

It's important to remember that everyone's running form is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. However, by focusing on these key elements, you can improve your running form and become a more efficient and injury-free runner.

If you're interested in enhancing your running form, Striderz Run Club provides a Learn to Run clinic. Our skilled coaches offer personalized training plans and constructive feedback to aid you in achieving your objectives. By becoming a part of our community of runners, you can maximize your potential and become the optimal version of yourself as a runner.

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