Our top five tips for running
You might think running is just 'fast walking', but there's a bit more to it than that - and it's easy to get it wrong if you're rusty or new to running. The last thing you want when you're completing the MyMarathon challenge is to come down with an injury, so we've pulled together some top running techniques to help you out, and make all the effort and exertion that little bit easier on you.
- Good posture is key: Keep your head and chest upright, and relax as much as you can. Don't hunch your shoulders since this will restrict your breathing - and that tends to be quite important when you're running! Lean forwards slightly to avoid placing pressure on the hips, too.
- All in your stride: Avoid reaching forward with your foot and lengthening your stride, and keep your steps as light as you can to lessen the stress on your body.
- Angle those elbows and relax those hands: Keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees or less, with your hands loose and below your chest. If you're holding a phone, or your dog's lead, swap hands halfway through. Try to swing your arms back and forth, rather than across your body.
- Land on the middle of your foot: This is the safest way to run since it makes sure your foot lands below your hips. Avoid hitting the ground with your forefoot or heel first.
- And… breathe: Avoid shallow, quick breaths, and breathe through your mouth as much as you can. It's OK to use your nose too; but make sure you're taking at least some of your breaths from your mouth.