Monday, April 5, 2010

Overstriding And Braking Slows Speed

Overstriding and braking are two of the most common running mistakes that slows your speed.

When you overstride, your heel lands first with your foot well ahead of your body's center of gravity. This causes "braking" and slows you down. Its also a good way to get injured. The heel should never touch the ground when you sprint.

Make sure your feet land under your hips (your center of gravity) and you'll improve your running speed! You'll generate more power running this way.

When the foot leaves the ground, it should follow a path straight up to the buttocks. It should not flail from side to side.

Strengthen and condition your hips, glutes, thighs and hamstrings. These groups make up your athletic "power center" and great athletes dominate with these muscle groups.

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