Born to run?

Many will agree that an ability to run for even the shortest distances without folding in a breathless heap on the side of the road is a fitness benchmark for many a modern day homosapien. For some running comes naturally. Others fear it. Many loathe it. But whether you actually like it or hate it you will most likely love the idea of being a strong runner.

Why do we do it?

One argument is that the ability to run is ingrained in us on a primitive level prehistorically, by necessity to spot or avoid danger, fast. The reflex actions of the “fight or flight” response called for an ability to make a quick getaway in times of danger. And we have been honing the skill ever since developing the bipedal locomotion. The ability to run then has long been singed into the genetic make up of our ancestors. You’d have thought that millions of years of evolution would make it somewhat easier. But no.

Natural born runner?

There are many theories as to why the human body evolved to run. Some theories complement each other, others stand on their own, none however explain why do we (some of us) persist to run as a form of pastime activity which often borders on self-flagellation. But we do it none the less; for enjoyment, fitness, to satisfy one’s competitive streak and when necessary, to make that all important dash for the bus.

A fit person doest not a good runner maketh!

A good runner is not simply someone who has developed their cardiovascular fitness to cope with high energy demands of prolonged muscle contractions. There is way more to it than meets the eye. And so this series of articles will outline the fundamentals of a good running technique to make it effortless and enjoyable. It will also cover the advanced training methods necessary to succeed in a competitive event such as a fun run, half/full marathon, triathlon etc. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this and wish you a successful and injury free training.

With healthy wishes,

Dmitri

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Posture

Cadence, stride length and ground contact