In this video, you will learn the basics of a good stride to maintain control and avoid injuries when running.
For more videos to help you learn and perfect your running technique, take a look at the other videos in this chapter of our Running program.
A good stride is one of the most crucial elements of your running technique. Learn to master it by watching this short tutorial.
In this video, you will learn the basics of getting a good stride while running.
Being in control of your stride will allow you to avoid injuries and gain efficiency.
We will see some good practices you should adopt over the 3 stages of the stride: the attack, the support, and the propulsion.
Firstly, the attack.
The attack phase is where the foot makes contact with the ground.
It is important to place your foot correctly, in line with your body.
Be careful to keep your head and torso upright, and your arms bent.
Secondly, the support.
Fold the knee of your standing leg.
Roll right through the rest of the foot until it is flat on the ground.
Bring your pelvis forward towards your standing leg. Keep it straight and aligned with your shoulders.
Your foot passes from the front to the back of the pelvis.
This support phase must be short in order to reduce the duration of your stride, therefore increasing your speed.
Thirdly, the propulsion.
Be sure to extend your back leg, you should be on the tips of your toes..
Push off with your leg on the ground to give yourself some forward thrust.
Your foot leaves the ground and you start again in the attack phase.
A good posture is essential for a good stride. To improve your posture, you can watch our video "Work on your posture".
Now you know the basic technique for the 3-stage stride: attack, support, and propulsion. Over to you!