When it comes to running most people just get out there and go at it. I know I did. I naively chalked up being a former athlete as being enough of a prerequisite for running. However, after a few years of training for and completing multiple races I have realized that my initial “care free” approach to running was not only inefficient but dangerous. Perfecting your running form is like trying to become a better person: you have to consistently work at it. I am loving the journey and hope that this head to toe guide will help you learn how to become the strongest injury free runner possible!
Notes On Your Noggin: The way in which you hold your head when running is critical. As a fitness professional, I am constantly reminding clients that their neck is part of their spine and therefore should be aligned properly for overall good posture. The key is to let your gaze be your guide. Imagine you are scanning the horizon and most importantly relax. Try to avoid looking down at your feet and don’t allow your chin to jut out.
Shoulder Roll With It: When it comes to running, the shoulders are often forgotten. However, when it comes to proper upper body alignment, the shoulders are what keep your upper body relaxed. So think two things…loose and low (kind of like your dance movement during your favorite rap song…wink wink). As we tense up in life and consequently when we begin to fatigue during running our shoulders have the tendency to creep up. So shake them throughout and keep them level (no side to side shoulder bouncing sis).
Invite Your Arms To The Party: While your legs are doing most of the work during your run, your arms shouldn’t being playing second fiddle. The way in which your arms swing directly affect your leg stride and ultimately the ability to drive your entire body forward. So hold your fist in a loose posture and allow your arms to swing forward and back (not across your body). They should always live between your waist and lower-chest when it comes to height and your elbows should remain at a 90-degree angle.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"