Recently I videoed myself running at our indoor track at Legacy Park Community Cener - the video is below. It's not because I like the watching myself weaving in and out of 72 year-old patrons. Or because the slow-motion of this film makes me look like a "Baywatch" reject. Nope. It's just simply to analyze my stride.
When I'm on a treadmill, and there's a mirror positioned just right, I spend a TON of time watching myself run. I don't necessarily enjoy looking at myself ... I mean, I'm not really eye-candy ... but mostly I watch my legs, and specifically my feet landing. It really helps me focus on little habits in my running stride, and potentially correct them if necessary.
1. Still really swinging the back leg through to the front, instead of lifting and placing on the ground
2. The front leg is reaching a little too much, and is a little out in front, as opposed to landing more underneath my
center of gravity
3. Leading knee could be a little higher, but this is dictated largely by speed
4. The landing is good that it's on the forefoot, but really a little too steep. This had led to sore calf muscles and minor blisters
lately. If the landing is too steep of an angle, only the front of the foot strikes the ground, overworking the calves. Also, the
steep angle can, and has lead to my foot sliding a little in the shoe, causing minor blisters.
5. I'm relying on my "flipper feet" a little too much for propulsion, basically pushing off with my calves too much. Need to keep
the foot more neutral after impact and lift with the hips.
6. Form was not bad, but it could be a little more forward leaning, but that being said, my hips weren't dipping or collapsing at
all, supporting well
Those are the main points. In fairness, I'll mention that I filmed this the day after a 20 miler, so I was a little fatigued, which led to weak hips. Also, my track at my gym is really small with very tight turns in the corner. In the video, I'm literally getting ready to turn right, so I'm not sure how much that affected the stride. I would have liked to film this outside to take a closer look with no turns, but whatever.
Anyway - not one of my better efforts I acknowledge, but it really helped me work on some things.
... be great today!