By MH Staff - Posted on 25th February 2014
Reinvent Your Running with winning tactics to help pick up your pace
There is a movement towards a flat-strike, in other words not a forefoot or heel-strike, says AJ Calitz, Red Bull LionHeart and Three Peaks Challenge winner. “When you put your foot down flat the weight is very even and the most pressure is absorbed by the bigger area.”
When charging up hills, keep your knees high and work your arms. “Your legs propel you forward and your arms dictate the rhythm of the legs,” says Calitz. The harder you swing your arms, the more power you generate, he says.
“Every move you make consumes energy,” says Calitz. “Run with your arms, not with your shoulders. Keep your head stable especially when you get tired. When you start sagging, you lose even more energy so that’s why you want a strong core,back and shoulder muscles to keep your body rigid.”
You’ve got to keep watching your line in trail running. “I think mountain biking is very similar in that you select your line and just stick to it. No matter what happens you’ve got to stick to your line. This is even more important when going downhill,” he adds.