Pose running drills are here, finally! Without further ado, the video's below.
- Hopping in place: This is the first drill. Arms up, by your side, in running pose. Start hopping in place. Land on forefoot/midfoot, and your heel lightly kisses the ground. Hop in place about 30 times, before moving on to the next drill.
- Which is simply bending a bit forward at the waist, while hopping in place. I bend quite a bit more coz I am hopping uphill. You naturally start falling forward, and that's all there is to it. Lean back to stop, lean forward to move forward. Do this drill 2-3 times over 20 metres. Take a minute off between repeating it.
- Figure four, against a wall: Push against an immovable object and "pull" your legs. Do this for 20 seconds, take a break, repeat 2-3 times.
- Combining the "pull" and the "hop": This one is mighty awkward to start off with. Pull with one leg, hop with the other - do this in place, and bend forward and move as well. Repeat with the other leg.
- Figure four, against your partner: Your partner needs to stand firm, as he/she is essentially replacing the wall. Push against them, and "pull" in place. And get your partner to move out of the way swiftly (after you give them a signal/command), and voila! You will be running forward perfectly!
Note of caution - it will take you at least a month to get used to this style of running. Do not overdo it at the start, else your calves will hurt like mad. Learning to pull with your leg will take a bit of getting used to. In fact, when you run a lap after all these drills, you will find that you will need to mentally focus on this to maintain form. One last tip - keep a slack jaw when you run. Many runners remove their wisdom tooth to improve running form/speed. The human body is pretty awesome, ain't it! I am yet to delve into that area of research - the nerves in the mouth and how they interact. Any specialists in this are out there? [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="The figure 4, at a full sprint"][/caption] Have fun with these drills. Let me know how it works for you!