I discovered a creative running form drill while running tonight. If you love running at night, this quick & easy running drill is right up your alley.
Proper running form
Good running form means maintaining a good center of gravity. Your head, shoulders, hips & ankles should all be in alignment. Your head should also remain relatively still throughout your running stride. A smooth runner’s head doesn’t bounce up & down.
Here’s a quick way to check if you’re keeping your head still.
Check your running form at night
- Grab your headlamp
- Adjust it about midway (midway between pointing straight down at the ground & straight out in front of you)
- Turn it on a steady, narrow, white light
- While you run, pay attention to the light
While you run, your light will naturally move. Even with proper running form, your light will sway to the left & right. It will swing smoothly if you’re running smoothly.
If it’s bouncing up & down, or appears jittery, you’re probably bouncing your head too much.
Let the light be your guide.
Disclaimer: I am not a running coach or certified coach of any kind. I do, however, run… a lot.