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Running Tip: Run From Your Pelvis

I am going to be honest here and confess that there comes a point in every run when I would just like to stop running altogether. Either my feet feel tired or my lungs don't feel like working that hard. I'm not alone in this, am I?

I have learned that running is a mental game, so I take these moments to refocus my energy on my pelvis. Thinking of leading from my pelvis, instead of my legs or feet, is a great mental activity and sure does make me feel light and quick. I often see tired runners, and am guilty of this myself, leaning forward or leading with the top of the head. This is bad for the neck and wastes energy.

I imagine there is a large hand behind me gently pushing my pelvis forward. This action helps me engage my upper hamstrings, too, and I feel like I am running faster. And that's always a bonus, even if the speed is all in my head.


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CNAY4811 CNAY4811 9 years
I totally agree that running becomes a mental game after a certain point. I will definitely use this pelvis tip. Another great tip is to set out on a run with a landmark in mind for the halfway can trick yourself into thinking it's not that far away. Then when you get there, you are already halfway done- home stretch! I use this a LOT when I start feeling sore or tired.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
Sounds like a great tip to try out for my next run.
Advah Advah 9 years
Thanks Fit, I started running only recently and all these tips are really helpful. :) (hell I never thought running could actually involve that much technicality!) Thanks also for the stretching tip, Freerunning - it's stupid but I never think of stretching more than my lower body before running.
freerunning098 freerunning098 9 years
not to get all serious, but learning to do this actually changed my life. My bad running form was contributing to a neck problem - my doctor suggested I get a running coach (I'm training for a marathon) and now the pain/tightness is gone. in other words, try it! jdeprima - a lot of times, your hamstrings hurt because your lower back is tight and they are compensating. if you focus your stretching on the lower back (downward dog, etc) it might really help you.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
Interesting. Though I don't know, often it's my upper hams that feel tired first. Perhaps I'm not stretching enough.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Great tip! I'll try it at my 5k tomorrow.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
This is a good tip. Normally, when I jog, I focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I'll try this pelvis idea. I think it would improve my form, too.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
thanks this will definitely help
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
I've been really trying to get into running. I was noticing this about my form yesterday. When I run and focus on pelvis it really does help you to keep strong and focused.
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
Great tip, fit. Towards the end of my daily run earlier today, I started to cheat and lean forward with my upper body - you know, the whole "momentum" trick.
Kristykitten Kristykitten 9 years
I'm going to try this when I am super bored on the treadmill. Though, the reason I stop is usaully because of ankles or knees feeling horrible.
porkypocky porkypocky 9 years
i just space out and let my legs keep going, i automatically fall into a rhythm. you'd be surprised how much distance you cover when you don't think about it so much!
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 9 years
Good tip, I'll try this. Usually I don't want to stop running, I just don't really like starting, usually after 15 mins it's good up to about 3 hours, but after that my feet get tired of hitting the ground, no matter how great my sneakers are.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I'm going to have to try this. I hate when I want to be a quitter!
wren1 wren1 9 years
Thanks. I'll try this next time I feel that way :)
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