Before we get into the best tips for proper running form, let’s first look at why proper running form is important. If you’re joining the Mai Dubai Community Run or the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, proper running form is definitely a must.
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 Community Run.
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 during the Mai Dubai Community Run.
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 at the Mai Dubai Community Run.
Here’s how to look after your feet:
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.
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.
Want to join a race event in Dubai this 2022? Check out the best running events in the city below:
The Mai Dubai Community Run previously called 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. The next race will take place on the 18th of February 2023. Register here.
Palm West Beach Run
No city in Dubai has a better combination of nature, love of sport and iconic infrastructure for hosting a beach run than in Palm Jumeirah. Come and explore and experience Palm West Beach in a whole new way. Register here.
The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in Dubai. The last Mai Dubai City Half Marathon occurred last 30th of October 2022. To be updated on the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon event, follow us at @promosevensports on Instagram.
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will be back in Dubai on 9th 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. Register now!