Ultimate theme for runners! Tips on tireless running
So, what is “tireless running”?
Running a long distance with less effort is an ultimate theme for runners no matter how many years you run, what levels of running skills you have, or whether you are a beginner or a veteran with 10-year experience, etc.
The approaches are varied according to running experience, body shapes and structures. Here are the basic tips commonly applied to all runners.
Devise your running form
You can run tirelessly and prevent injury by improving your running form. A point that runners should particularly keep in mind is how to hit the ground.
If you can strike the ground with your feet right under your body, you can move forward without limiting propulsion while minimizing bouncing vertical motions.
The tip is that you first stamp on the spot, recognizing your feet reaching the ground right under your body then head into a run. If you repeat this series of actions, your body may be able to understand the sensation of movement more quickly.
It’s difficult to check your running form by yourself, but here are some useful examples to check and correct your form, which are worth trying.
・Check your form (the posture when reaching the ground) in show-windows.
・Be aware if you are relaxed during a run.
・Check the soles of your running shoes to see your body balance.
So, why don’t you give them a try!
Run at an even pace (level effort)
If you find a run “too hard and long to keep going” after running a certain length of distance, you need ask yourself if you are over-pacing. If you slow down your running pace drastically, you may be able to run much longer than you would expect. Especially if you are a beginner, you might misjudge the best running pace for the distance you are aiming at, or you simply end up over-pacing as you want to keep up with your partners.
If you cannot figure out your right running pace, I would recommend using a heart rate monitor, which is quite helpful.
Improve physical fitness
Being refreshed also plays a big role in running. When we enjoy running, we unintentionally run too long, being unaware of fatigue and your body condition deteriorating.
Running with excessive fatigue means running in bad form and damaging your body, possibly with an injury.
As we introduced in the third issue of Running Aftercare, improving your body condition with stretching and myofascial release, etc. may seem like a detour but is actually a shortcut for tireless running.