This morning I ran earlier than usual and saw a lot more people out trying to escape the Texas heat.
When I first hit the trail, these two dudes came by with their shirts off, they looked legit. They looked effortless and efficient. I started to run behind them and it was probably 7 minute pace. Looked like they were out for a stroll.
Then coming the other way was one or two high school teams. The longer shorts and baggy shirts probably don't help their look, but they're form was all over the place. Even the fastest one didn't look as efficient as the guys going the other way.
It got me thinking do high school and novice runners just have to learn how to run efficiently? Is there form so bad because they are new to running/ still growing or both? I feel like even adults I see going at a slow pace don't have as bad of form but maybe adults with bad form keep the pace really slow while some of the high schoolers were trying to go faster? I just couldn't believe how all over the place these high scoolers were.
This Alex Hutchinson article is right on:
I don't need AI to spot a "real runner". Today with my own eyes it was so apparent, but some of these high school kids could be pretty good but their form looked light years behind these other guys.
From article above" Why does this matter? While I’m loath to venture into Letsrun-style value judgments, there are reasons to believe that the competitive running gait is better than the recreational one. Studies have generally found that inexperienced runners get injured a lot more than experienced ones despite running less, and they tend to get injured in different places. "