I JUST WANT TO RUN! HOW TO RUN BETTER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO LEARN THE METHOD
I hear and read this all the time – I just want to run! I can’t be bothered with learning the technique! Why complicate simple things like running! I just want to go out and enjoy the run! And so on, so, I believe an article on this subject is due. Here's a very basic generalization of things and it’s a good start for everyone looking for a “quick, no obligation, fix”.
Yes it is possible to run good not using a 100% pure Pose Method technique. I do it! I’m a recreational jogger, I run to “relax” and “get away” and here’s the technique I resort to sometimes, as one of the Pose Running coaches jokingly called it – POSE Light.
Before we proceed however, you must understand, that the Pose Method of Running technique is a well thought out system, and when you start altering it your expectations should be adjusted accordingly also, because your results certainly will be. But the best part is – your runs will still be better and more enjoyable than before.
Certain elements of "Pose Light" have been known among runners for a long time and many can testify to their benefits. For example, forefoot striking
. It is better than heel striking any time of the day in any weather conditions and no matter what
. Human heels were not meant to be pounded on.
Here’s a checklist that keeps me happy with my running and uninjured:
- Knees slightly bent at all times
- Body weight on balls of both feet
- Short steps
- Lift heels up with hamstrings
That’s it! By eliminating heel striking and following the above mentioned simple principles you already change everything for the better as far as your running experience is concerned.
Also remember the following guidelines for pain:
- Sore calves? This is common when heel strikers switch to forefoot striking. New way of moving, new load on a new group of muscles. If you have time and desire, do some strength exercises, if not then just go easy for the first couple of runs. The soreness will go away eventually once your calves go through the adaptation.
- Feel the pain in your knees? Adjust your landing. Move it a bit back.
- Can’t seem to land under your body (GCM)? Shorten your steps.
- Pain in lower back? Adjust your body’s vertical alignment, you’re probably bending at the waist line.
- Pain in ankles? Probably holding them rigidly. Allow them to move.
If you ever feel the urge to take your running to another level, it will be a lot easier to do so because the important basics will already be there. Feel free to return to learn the Pose Method of Running. Until then – enjoy!