This is Part 2 of a two-part Blog on the relationship between running form and footwear. Click HERE for Part 1. I have since added another blog related to how I teach folks to land midfoot. Check it out HERE and share!
Running correctly almost feels like you're doing one-legged cycling drills. Train your hips to be more flexible and train your hamstrings to have greater concentric and eccentric strength and you'll be more likely to have better mechanics. By running faster in training, you'll be moving closer to natural running. Kids have great form because they sprint! Kids play games, like tag, baseball, basketball, that involve sprinting. I can't recall ever seeing kids play a game that involved pacing themselves or jogging.
*There are certainly more details about running form that could have been covered, like arm swing, cadence, posture, etc, but that is beyond the scope of this blog as it pertains to run shoes and the mental approach to running. Check out Part 3 HERE.