Foundations of Great Running Technique

Regardless of whether you’re a new runner, seasoned marathoner or experienced triathlete, running form is an important element of both achieving optimal performance and remaining injury-free throughout your training and racing.

Much is spoken about running technique, both online and in the press. Posture us usually correctly cited as an important element to perfect to find the best running form for your body.

But what dictates and drives your running posture?

I’m a big believer that pelvic position and dynamic control at the hip, pelvis and lumbar region, is a huge determining factor in how well an athlete can maintain good running posture.

If a runner is unable to control their pelvis in three dimensional motion while running, their posture will suffer, placing excessive stress on structures such as their lower back and knees.

Hip Mobility & Core Strength: Working Together

Posture is an important part of our online running technique course, in which we often speak of the hip flexors (particularly Rectus Femoris) as being a big culprit in pulling an athlete’s pelvis out of optimal alignment when tight. However, commonly the abdominals need also to be re-educated as we run.

My partner Holly does a great job of demonstrating the simple interaction between abdominal activity and pelvic position in this quick video below…

Next time you’re out running, try to consider the ‘Magic Zip’ keeping your abdominals gently tightened to maintain your pelvic position, and feel the difference made to your running posture.

Be sure not to hold your breath or strain, this should be a relaxed and sustainable contraction.

Recommended reviews

Expert score

Hoka One One Clifton 7 Review

The Clifton is incredibly light and provides soft and comfortable shock ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Skechers GOrun MaxRoad 4+ Hyper Review

The Skechers MaxRoad 4+ is a highly cushioned long-distance trainer which can ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Nike Metcon 6 Review

The Nike Metcon 6 is a superb training shoe, designed for athletes working out ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Altra Paradigm 5.0 Review

The Altra Paradigm 5.0 is an ultra-cushioned stability trainer built for ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

New Balance FuelCell RC Elite Review

The New Balance FuelCell RC Elite is a highly cushioned racer which excels at ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Asics MetaRacer Review

The MetaRacer is Asics’ first foray into the world of carbon-plate racers. ... (Read expert review)

This web site uses cookies. Click Accept to continue. Review Our Cookie Policy

On these and other websites owned by RSG Media BV we use cookies and other similar techniques.

We place and use different types of cookies for the following purposes:

Functional cookies:
To make our websites work as intended.

Analytical cookies:
To collect and analyze statistics to improve the experience on our websites and the effectiveness of advertisements.

Tracking cookies:
To build personal profiles of you so that we can show you targeted content and advertisements that match your interests.

Social cookies:
To allow you to share your reaction through 'likes' or commentary.

In addition, third parties (which are partly outside the EU) can place cookies on our websites, including tracking cookies that can also be used to build up a profile of you. Tracking cookies may have an impact on your privacy.

By giving your consent below, you agree that we place and read cookies on all our websites (see this overview) and combine these collected data.

Your consent remains valid for 6 months unless you withdraw it.