Style and Mechanics
Your running style refers to the form and technique of how you run. Beginning runners should try running as naturally as possible while keeping in mind the proper biomechanics (explained below). Learning these mechanics leads to more efficient form. Don't push yourself to run fast right away. Instead, concentrate first on comfort and form.
If you are new to the sport, it is best to approach running as a new lifestyle. To adopt this lifestyle you must first learn the correct habits and then perfect them. After you've been running for a few months, ask an experienced runner or (preferably) a coach to critique your form and point out any flaws or deficiencies. This can improve your overall mechanics and running efficiency.
PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN YOU RUN:
Run relaxed. Keep your jaw and wrists relaxed as you run. The tension of holding your muscles tight saps energy and causes early fatigue.
Run naturally. Develop your own running style while employing good running mechanics.
Run tall. Activate your core to maintain good posture while you run. This will generate other good habits like optimal knee lift, natural extension of stride, and improved breathing.
Biomechanics are the individual components of movement that occur in the body during running. These components of movement include: breathing, footstrike, stride, arm swing, and posture. Each of these areas can affect your efficiency, your comfort, and your form.
Although you cannot change your body type or your bone and muscle structure, you can become a smoother, more efficient runner by correcting bad habits you may have unknowingly developed. By knowing the basics of good biomechanics, you can improve your running form.