I thought it might be time to compare where I’ve been (from a running form perspective) and where I am now. Below you’ll find two videos. In the first video I’m wearing my old motion control shoes and running in the manner I used to run: heel striking. In the second video I’m wearing the Pose-approved Saucony Bullet shoes. While ideally I would have filmed my old style before I attempted any of the Pose transition, it’s quite obvious I filmed both segments on the same day. So the first video is really a representation of how I think I used to run.
Old Running Form – Heel Striking
New Running Form – Pose Method
To be clear – I’m not yet really doing Pose correctly. There are a couple of things I need to fix:
- My foot, especially the left foot, is landing a bit too far forward.
- My posture still isn’t quite right. It has improved – I’m not bending as much at the waist as I was – but it’s still not where it should be. I need to be more upright.
I need to stay focused on the Pose drills – especially the pulling drills. My theory is if I can do the pull more quickly and also get my posture better I think the foot landing will take care of itself.
It’s really fascinating to me how hard it can be to make these changes. It’s one thing to do what you think needs to be done. It’s yet another to see it done correctly on a video. Before I shot the segment above the last time I’d made a video was probably four weeks ago. During that time I’ve been really focusing on how things feel and just letting my feet drop for landing (i.e. not driving them forward). I was sure I was doing it correctly. Then I look at the video – and realize I still have more work to do.
If you’re thinking of making a form change I highly recommend incorporating video analysis into your program. It’s quite astonishing what it can show you.