As weird as it may sound, running is for advanced athletes! The ability to run, doesn’t mean you are doing it the right way, and in fact it could hurt more than it helps!
Yesterday I was walking in the park, and I noticed that there are a lot of people who are trying to get in shape with running. Besides the fact that I doubt they are ever gonna achieve the body they want by running, they are really working hard to get serious injuries.
You can see people who overexaggerate the back of the strides, and look like cheerleaders gone wild in the air. Unless you are a sexy cheerleader, jumping on the sidelines, during a football game, you have no business, flying in the air like that!
Next there are people who look like my great grandma trying to run. They hardly lift their feet off the ground. It looks like they are dragging their feet. You have no idea how that is hurting your hips and knees!
Here he comes. I can hear his steps from a mile away. Yes, I am talking about the dude, who steps “like an elephant”. If every time you step, the ground trembles, then you are not doing it right!
People who turn their feet outward. That messes up your knees so freaking bad. Don’t do it!
People who put more weight on one leg, and thus their hips drop down. You are not supposed to do it like this. It is really hurting your hips and you are most likely to feel pain.
People who bring their knees inward and take their feet outward. It looks weird just watching, I don’t wanna know how it feels doing it!
People who keep their shoulders too tight, lean forward too much, look like they are running in one place or backwards and so forth.
If you make running analysis of people in the park, you might write a dissertation. There is a lot of “inspiration” for observing and noting the mistakes in people’s running form.
That is why I consider running to be a physical activity for advanced athletes. People who have the right running mechanic. People who don’t have big disbalances in their muscles. People who know how to move their body, have balance and coordination. If you don’t fit in this category, you have no business to go out and run. Why?
When you run, it is like jumping on one leg. If you have a bad running form and you run long distances, that means that you are doing thousands of one- legged jumps with a wrong technique. Every time you land on your foot, you are hurting your body.
Do you get my point? Imagine jumping on one leg a thousand times… it sounds though, doesn’t it? And now imagine doing it overexaggerating the back of your stride. Can you picture the landing? Yes, like an elephant! Now imagine doing it by bringing your knees inward? Ouch, that hurts!
Do you still think that running is for everybody? I doubt it!
My advice is to find a good strength coach, get in the weightlifting room and start learning proper exercise technique. When you become stronger and more coordinated, go out and try running again. Meanwhile, while you are waiting to become fit enough for running, read these articles 1 &2, and understand how you should run properly. Then, you are allowed to give it a try!
But keep in mind, that running is not for everybody and it IS NOT for beginners or overweight people. Stay tuned for an article about the exercises you could do in order to get in shape!