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Author Topic: Side to side motion while running
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Do not TRY to run with a 180 steps per second cadence. This usually results in pushing the feet harder into the ground, creating more impact, and not only a slower cadence, but a slower run (for the energy exerted).

Try the following:

Simply relax (which will also allow the rest of your body to move and adapt to moving as necessary), bend your knees a bit, and move your body forward.

Note: People focus too much on what the feet are doing, when running is about moving the body forward, not the feet!

Your feet will follow, at least they better follow, and they will probably be moving much faster than 180 steps per minute.

My main point (though I will continue running along a line, because that is the direction I am aiming), is not to confuse what we observe in other runners, with what they are doing intentionally, or how it should feel to us.

The only intentional movement of any runner, should be moving the body in the direction they want to go, which is generally forward. The remaining movements either contribute to forward motion, or counterbalance other movements that contribute to forward movement.

So, to me, it should FEEL like my body is moving forward, not side-to-side, because when I start feeling that side-to-side movement, then I know I am wasting energy.

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-Ken Bob Saxton

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OK, thanks for the reply. I should clarify that I wasn't having problems staying at 180 (or faster whenever I want) I simply meant that focusing solely on maintaining that cadence makes it easy to just kind of "spin your wheels" without regard for moving in a natural, relaxed manner. Short, quick steps makes it quite easy to stay at 180, and that quick cadence keeps the steps light.

How about instead of consciously making the body twist and move back and forth a bit, we think of allowing the body to be supple and flowing and move the way it wants? That is what I was not doing.

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Exactly. Most folks know I'm all about "Relax, relax, RELAX!"

and

Have fun!

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-Ken Bob Saxton

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OK, I think I've refined my views about the movement of the upper body. Several months ago, Natural Running Center posted a link to a video called On the Run. I've watched it a few times, and towards the middle, there is a shot of the ultramarathoner Max Telford. The camera pans up from his feet to his head as he's running. You can see that his shoulders move forward in opposition to his legs moving forward-that is, the right shoulder moves forward as the left leg moves forward, etc. Of course, this motion is natural, and most people don't have to think about it, but I've consciously emulated this a bit, and I think it has helped me open up my stride and get more hip rotation. It's definitely a sort of "twisting" motion, and I think it's more helpful than thinking of moving side to side, as I earlier advocated.

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http://barefootrunning.com/?page_id=109#twist-dont-shout

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Most of the basics of technique we discuss are not focal points. They are simply aspects of what we have observed and tested and played with (experiment) for years, in some cases, decades, trying to reconstruct the nearly lost art of running while barefoot over a wide variety of terrains.

The focus of running, of course, is simply to move the body forward, easily, efficiently, and gracefully. This happens best when relaxed. Although relaxation comes easier after practicing and making the basic techniques somewhat habitual, the relaxing aspect allows us to be responsive to changes in the terrain, our body, our health, and whatever else might affect on our running.

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Thanks for the link. It appears that this info was here the whole time. Well, you know what they say about leading a horse to water... Sometimes it's hard to really absorb information until you have more experience and are ready to take it in.

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