Pictured here is the wonderful @paula_findlay . She might not like this picture as she just got off the bike. I love this picture because Paula had the best distance per stride of all the females running today. When it’s done right it looks like the athlete is running on a magic carpet. Anyone that has seen @mirindacarfrae running in Kona in the flesh knows what I am talking about. It’s the ability to get the most out of every step to the point that it seems you get extra out of every step. Hard to do off the bike.
If we look at Paula’s back leg we can see that she got fantastic length from her stride, call it follow through. That line goes through her leg and torso to her body, look at the contra lateral length in her body (the amount of upper body rotation as an equal and opposite reaction to the leg. Amazing. It was not always so, Paula worked hard and diligently through many obstacles to achieve this. Chapeau
Now if we look critically at Paula (sorry P) we can see that there is tension in her shoulders and neck. We will leave it at that.
How to relax and release that tension to increase the magic carpet?
Does one at this point to go faster increase the effort? The want, the suck and the hurt? Paula has a huge capacity to suffer, she is hugely motivated and has earned the right to want it more than most?
Could Paula have squeezed more juice from tension and wanting it more? Or maybe from relaxing, letting her breathing and tension soften, reducing her heart rate, increasing fluidity and elasticity. Running with rhythm and timing?
If you want to add fluidity and timing to your running, practice it at rest or lying down, if you can calm your body and make it flow at home when you are calm you may find it appearing in your movement.
Rhythm allows you to relax. Staccato is not rhythm. 180 steps per minute to a metronome is not rhythm, that ends up staccato. That creates tension. If you believe “tight is right” then by all means us staccato .
To be fluid and run with rhythm, to free up movement and delay fatigue you have to be of calm mind, breathe freely and be in the moment.
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