“It’s your form that gets you to the finish line,” said San Diego Track Club coach Paul Greer
Here are three simple tricks Greer teaches his athletes to keep them relaxed and in good form while on the run.
Lightly press your thumb and forefinger together. This gives you something to focus on so you don’t clench your fists and tighten up especially when you’re tired. Tension spreads—tight fists turn into tight shoulders and tight shoulders tend to pull your body backwards.
Don’t cross your arms across your body.Keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle and swing your arms back to front while keeping your shoulders relaxed. Your arms should travel up to your chest and down to your hips like your hand is reaching into your pocket for your keys.
Envision yourself standing tall. When we’re tired, we tend to slump a little and our stride length changes. Picture a string coming out the top of your head and pulling you up toward the sky.
Sara Cox Landolt