Running Form Analysis


Running Form Analysis

Have you ever watched a race broadcast on television and marveled at the effortless grace of a professional runner striding out sub-five-minute miles, as if they were out for an easy jog in the park? Contrast this to the general masses seen pounding out miles struggling to stay in shape.

Do you ever wonder how it seems so effortless for professional runners?

We are all born with a certain running style and degree of efficiency. However, proper run mechanics or form can be developed and improved upon. Professionals perfect technique through training and discipline. Through the use of form and biomechanical analysis, inefficiencies can be identified and changes can be made to help improve overall running economy and prevent injury, making running easier and seemingly more effortless.

Form Analysis

Developing proper running mechanics can make you an efficient and strong runner with less effort. Learning how to run smother, faster and stay healthy can be easier than you think. Having a form analysis done on you can give you the feedback you need to perform at your best.

Q. What is a Form Analysis?

A form analysis is generally conducted at a local outdoor 400 meter track by a certified running coach. A pre-determined distance is set and a runner or walker will be timed on that distance – an all-out effort. The distance is usually between 1 – 3 miles in length. The professional coach will analyze your running form, gait, foot strike and technique to determine appropriate drills and workouts to help you improve.

Q. Who should have a form analysis done?

Form analysis is most beneficial for those that want to improve their running or walking efficiency. Also those who suffer from reoccurring injury or are interested in learning proper running form a form analysis is right for them. Form analysis can identify many common form flaws and prevent injuries such as shinsplints, chondramalacia (knee pain), IT Band syndrome, Plantar Fascitis, and Tendonitis.

How long does it take?

Form Analysis takes about 45 minutes to complete.  A individual one-on-one session will be scheduled to review results and suggested drills/workouts.  

What is included in the form analysis?

Feedback is given in the following areas;

· Projected race performance

· Tips on increasing cardiac performance

· Pacing tips

· Drill explanations and demonstrations

· Core/weight training suggestions and exercises

· Video result review

Call Lora Erickson at 801-608-5516 to schedule your form analysis.

Local training group links:

Team Blonde Runner

Northern Utah Triathletes

South Davis Road Runners

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson