One of the foundations of Running Technique explained – Running vs Walking Mechanic
7 January 2024 | Category: Running Technique Advice
Paul breaks down the common mechanics in both walking and running, and how using the proper running mechanic can make you more powerful, more economical and less prone to injury.
In this video Paul breaks down one of the key components of his running technique philosophy, and also the most common mechanics for both running and walking.
This is definitely a topic that is best viewed via video so that you can see the movement broken down and hear the explanation, so we recommend you watch the video above.
The topics covered:
The three examples of mechanics that cover walking and running.
1. Walking Mechanic
The standard walking mechanic has your hand matching in time and synchronising with your opposite foot for each step. This means that the end of each lever is moving in harmony, and the timing is between the end of each lever.
2. Running Mechanic
When most people get into position to run, they automatically raise their hands, this provides a shorter lever for the arm swing. The running mechanic that generates the most power is matching and synchronising the elbow (so the end of the upper limb when hands are raised) to the knee, which is the at the end of the upper leg. This mechanic allow for the pendulum motion of the arm swing to time with the top of the knee lift and allows for the foot to fall directly beneath the body, and drive forward.
3. A Hybrid Mechanic
Where many runners have problems, is they naturally assume a hybrid approach. This means that the elbow (hands raised for running), matches with the end of the lower leg, the foot (as with the walking mechanic). This allows for the foot to come well out in front of the body and land in front of the body, as it is timed with when the elbows are swinging back, rather than the knee being timed with the elbows swinging back – completely independent to the footstrike.
I have a Hybrid Mechanic – how do I change it?
This is one of the key tenets of the online membership – this particular cue working through timing is called the Matching & Marching cue, Paul breaks down how to match the timing of the upper body with the timing of the upper leg and improve your running economy.
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