Trevelyan Harper wrote:
Lydiard Cerutty wrote:
The problem with this advice is some people just run in a silly way. I had the most ridiculous running form since I was young. I ran around mega heel striking ahead of me and basically bounding probably because as a kid, I thought I had a powerful stride and was flying or some crap like that.
Then in my 20s when I went out for the first run in years and ran in a similar way, I came back with lower back pain and knee pain after half an hour. That's when I got into technique "mumbo jumbo". Really sorted it out. Upped my cadence, improved my posture, softened my landing. And have now had two years of happy PR filled running. Technique is huge. Ask any music teacher. Some people open their mouths and sing in a terrible way. You can't say "just sing". Some people, with no training, open their mouths and can sing with brilliant placement, resonance, air pressure, balance and can sing up high and do technical things without tension. I reckon most people don't run properly like most people don't sing properly. But both things we do from the age of a toddler.
I also don't want to spend all those hours getting in mileage over the next 10 years of my life and not getting the best out of it because I was lazy and sloppy with my form when I could be engraining far better running technique by spending some time optimising it forever.
Run up hills if you have form problems. Hills are the no b.s. solution to perfecting a persons form. Look at Herb Elliot form as a example. Also, a lot of this good form bs is a reverse causation. That is running fast makes a person have good form. Not good form makes person fast. Just have some person who claims to have bad form and have them do some 100m sprints barefoot on a grassy field. Than have them jog a 100m. What's that? The faster they run, more their form changes. And slower a person runs, the more it resembles walking.