During the festival, Wanderlust running trainer Rachel Ross took us on an Exploration Run around the island.
A long time runner, she had a few quick-tips for those who want to get into it as a sport, those who are considering a marathon, or even for those who are just looking to improve their stride.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
Bend At Your Ankles, Not Your Hips: To find this position, fall forward from your ankles and catch yourself. This way, when you’re catching yourself, your momentum is helping you push yourself forward.
Keep Your Arms Close: Any side-ward motion with your arms is a waste of energy, so keep your arms as close to your body as possible, and move them only forward and back.
Land On The Flats Of Your Feet: Any time your foot gets in front of your knee, it’s actually like you’re putting on the brakes because your leg angle is now pushing you back instead of forward. Ideally, you want your foot to land under your knee as you’re running, so you’re actually going to hit the flat of your foot on the floor, instead of on your heels. This way, you are continuously keeping your momentum up and not pushing back against yourself.
Considering that Ross is an avid runner, triathlete, a sub-three hour marathoner and two-time Ironman age group world champion, we’re definitely taking her advice the next time we hit the track. What about you?