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4 Form Fixes You Can Safely Make While Training For A Race

If you’re in the middle of a training cycle, now is not the time to overhaul your stride. Big running form changes should happen in the off-season. For example, if you want to go from landing on your heel to your forefoot, it is best to do that between training seasons.

One reason you do not want to make a huge running form change while training for a race is you temporarily become less efficient. This means your body has to work harder than it did before to do the same amount of work. While training for a race you want to be efficient as possible.

However, there are small tweaks you can start to incorporate right now that don’t include a complete overhaul of your running form.

  1. Relax your shoulders—Tensing your shoulders, neck or upper back muscles such as the trapezius waste energy and can cause tension headaches.
  2. Take slightly shorter steps—The ideal running cadence is 180-200 steps per minute. If you aren’t within this range, make a conscious effort to take smaller, quicker steps.
  3. Swing your arms—Make sure your arms are moving in a forward and backward motion and aren’t just moving because your torso is rotating.
  4. Keep your eyes on the horizon—Set your sights forward and avoid looking at the ground. Keeping your eyes on the road ahead of you will improve your posture and make sure you’re alert to any oncoming traffic.

Read More:
The Beginner’s Guide To Perfect Running Form
3 Keys To Running With Better Form

Race Pace Jess

Jess Underhill fell in love with running during a rough patch in life, a time period most people just refer to as middle school. Twenty-six years later that first runner's high she experienced continues to shape nearly every aspect of her life, including her career. She has a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, is graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a UESCA Certified Run Coach. Most recently Jess launched Race Pace Run Club, a free virtual run club that welcomes runners of all levels from coast to coast and also meets in-person in NYC. She is an ambassador for Sparkly Soul Headbands