Run with Great Technique: Utilise Your Natural Springs
We discuss the 5th key principal run with a great technique which is utilising a runner’s natural springs.
The 5th key principal of great running technique is utilising a runner’s natural springs. One of the best ways to learn how to utilise your natural springs is with a drill that I term “The two-legged hop” drill. Firstly, however, you need to make sure your running is at a cadence of 90 steps per minute but in addition to that, this drill is brilliant.
I am going to have Peter demonstrate the ‘Two-legged hop” drill.
The feet are shoulder width apart, the hands and shoulders are nice and relaxed, and the knees are a little bit bent. Peter is just bouncing up and down, landing on the midfoot which allows Peter to tap in to utilise in the natural springs. The natural springs being the Achilles tendon, the Plantar Fascia of the feet, and the tenderness strips that run right up into the calf. So these are Peter’s natural springs and Peter is tapping into those here.
With this drill, you want to do 30 secs and repeat it 3 times.
Yours in Running,
Brad Beer (APAM)
Author ‘You CAN Run Pain Free!’
Founder POGO Physio