February 21, 2013

Form Tip #4: Run With A Strong Core

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Form Tip #4: Run With A Strong Core

There is a common saying: “You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.” This is not only an artillery tip, but also valuable for running. However, the difference is that you are firing your legs rather than cannonballs.

Firing a cannon from a canoe. Source Doodlepalooza

You drive a lot of power with each run. However, if your core isn’t strong, you will have a hard time focusing this power. It would be like “firing a cannon from a canoe.”

To maximize your running form, be sure to keep your core tight and stay comfortably upright. Remember the previous tip about running as if there is a string on the top of your head.

However, your core may tire if it isn’t used to being engaged for 4 hours. Our long runs will improve the muscular endurance of your core muscles. You will probably want to do some core strength training exercises like planks, crunches and sit-ups.

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