It's easter so I'm guessing everyone else apart from you and me has a life.
Definitely of the opinion we all need to learn how to run properly. I used to get injured all the time until I did some reading about biomechanics and thought about how I run and hit the ground. It can make a huuuuge difference. Now I'm training for a marathon and running (I call it running, I suspect 'waddling' would be more accurate) 25k runs without an injury. Makes you wonder why they didn't tell us this stuff at school PE lessons doesn't it?
I don't know if it's made me faster because I couldn't get even a 10k out without something in my leg exploding before.
hii dean wood 2
im just about to start running and im determind not to go,out and rip somthing before i even get started...!!!
just read your thread to looknohooves, and woundered where you found your research about biomechanics?
Before you were 'leading' with your feet and thus over striding. That sort of results in every time you touch the ground in putting on the brakes.
The difference now is that the impact point is closer to your centre of gravity so less braking effect.
One reason why some runners are so fast is no matter how badly they run, their centre of gravity is behind them.
ive just been looking on youtube.
wow there is alot take in bit differnt to running with a rugby ball.
it just looks as though you are racing ie, running flat out with a short stride.
have to give it go over next few weeks on tredmill i think.
topcatracer: I'm a physicist so I have access to a bunch of journals and I spent (wasted?) frigging ages going through a mass of papers on biomechanics, impact forces and all sorts of crap. I'll go back in my archive and dig some out if you are interested. There are a couple of decent PhD theses around as well which should be free to the public. The one bit of advice I'd give you is start slowly. I came from a rugby background too. Its very very different.
P.S. I'd be cautious about the treadmill thing. There have been a few studies that I have seen (there may be loads but my review was far from exhaustive) that seem to show that running on a treadmill encourages a different biomechanical movement to just running analogous to foot striking well in front of the center of gravity. This would slow you down if you were running outdoors in the way RicF talked about. Personally, I avoided the treadmill and ran outside. I still don't feel at all comfortable on a treadmill as it does feel like it wants me to do something different to the way I normally run although I admit this is just anecdotal.
I also can't run on a treadmill well, on the road it is easy to land with the foot under my body, but on the treadmill as I don't feel I can lean slightly forward, like when I'm outside, I end up striking the ground in front of my body slightly.
+1 to the "treadmills are a horror show" posts. I just can't stand running on a treadmill since I finally ventured out of doors. That said, when everything is covered in snow and ice they can start to look attractive.
im at the monment mapping routes on my bike, long,short, ect...
im going for my gait analysis next week all been well, so i hope to be out on the road in the next week or so..
there is so much to take in looking at all the videos on youtube. my big worry is shin splints...!!
but i wont no till i get out there.
ill let you no how i get on guys..
thanks again guys..
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