Before we get into the best tips for proper running form, let’s first look at why proper running form is important. One study found that the wide range of gear, training methods and inconsistent info may be factors behind occurrence of running injuries. Cutting through the noise and getting comfortable with proper running form can dramatically cut your chance of overuse injuries. Also, if you feel more comfortable while running, you’ll be more likely to keep up with your routine and reap the benefits of regular runs. Try practicing these tips so you can improve your performance on the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. 

1. Look Ahead 

Don’t stare at your feet. Your eyes should be focused on the ground about 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. Not only is this proper running form, but it’s also a safer way to run because you can see what’s coming and avoid falling. 

2. Feet Position 

Use an appropriate stride for your running speed. Land gently; avoid pounding your foot as you land, which helps prevent injuries.

The correct foot strike will also help improve your running economy so you’re using less energy while enhancing your speed.

Here’s how to look after your feet:

  • Land with control, using a smooth, even foot strike.
  • To avoid lower extremity injuries, use a forefoot strike, which utilizes more muscle activation when you land.
  • A mid-foot strike helps propel your body forward.
  • Avoid striking with your heels. This can slow you down and stress your knees.
  • Maintain normal or neutral pronation of your feet by rolling your feet inward slightly. This allows your feet to properly absorb the shock of landing while keeping your lower body in alignment.

3. Arm String 

​​Your stride will impact your arm swing since your arm movements should naturally mirror your legs (and vice versa), so it’s a surprisingly important part of proper running form.

You want to maintain a 90ish-degree bend in your elbows. To avoid excess tension, loosely cup your hands and pretend you’re holding a chip between your thumb and forefinger that you don’t want to break. When you’re running, imagine there’s a wall maybe a few inches in front of you and you want to keep your arm swinging behind that wall. 

4. Don’t Worry About the Foot Strike 

While you don’t want your feet to land in front of your body, no matter what you read elsewhere, you also shouldn’t get too hung up on a heel, mid-foot or front foot strike. Concentrate on getting the other cues correct and let your foot strike fall naturally.

5. Other Top Running Form Techniques 

  • Upright posture with slight forward lean from the ankles, not the hips
  • Each stride landing under your center of gravity, not in front 
  • A powerful push off from the big toe, with good leg extension
  • Relaxed arm swings forward and back with limited lateral movement
  • Focus on a snappy, fast cadence as opposed to labored overstriding
  • Eyes focused around 5-8m ahead
  • Relaxed breathing, in through the nose and out through the mouth

Want to join a race event in Dubai this 2022? Check out the best running events in the city below: 

Mai Dubai City half Marathon 

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in Dubai. The next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon will be held on the 30th of October. Register now!

To get more details about the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon event, follow us at @promosevensports on Instagram.

Skechers Performance Run Series 

The Skechers Performance Run has 2.5 km, 5km, and 10km races available and it’s a family-friendly event which is great if you want to bring your family with you. There is still no tentative date for this but stay tuned! 

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay was held in DIFC last 9th of February 2022. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is the only corporate race in the world and anyone can enter as a team of 10 for a great team-building activity. 

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