Range of Motion.
Leg movement has always been a much discussed subject with some
exercisers preferring to raise the knee and thigh slightly and then sweep
the foot forward, others lift their knees very high and thrust forward,
still others shuffle along which is the right way? A mid-range stride, a
shuffle or an all out wide open stride?
|It really is dependant on...
What you are trying to accomplish. If you want limited leg work
and are more interested in the distance you cover and the speed you do it in, you may prefer a mid-range stride or a
shuffle. As you become a more conditioned athlete, you might prefer a more
aggressive workout on the legs. An example of this would be to drive the
thigh as high as possible with the arms pumping forward, while leaning
the upper body forward and running on the toes as a sprinter would
do. Kick back of the legs should be kept to a minimum.
The arms pumping forward aggressively compensate for balance.
At a quick pace, this becomes a tremendous developmental
routine. It creates a greater demand on the whole cardio-vascular system including the heart and
If you are more comfortable with a mid-range work out, you might use a
slower pace and shorter lift of the legs. The leaning of the upper body is
less pronounced. Mid-distance runners doing distances of 440 yards/400
meters, 880 yards/800meters and up to a mile/1600 meters utilize these
techniques and find they work very well. They find that relaxing the arms
and upper body while in motion helps them conserve energy without losing
speed. This is called "floating". Master this and you will become more
capable of doing longer distances. Multiple milers use a combination of
moderate lift, floating and speed to accomplish their goals.
As part of your routine, you should try prancing for fun.
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