Friday 19 September 2008
Run Faster Training Tip; High Knees
ARTHUR LYDIARD says "The knee lift is the key to running properly. The knees must come up so the thigh is as near horizontal as possible and feet should lift high behind. This shortens the lever established by the knee, and it is indisputable that the short lever will move faster than the long one. A foot coming through low to the ground produces a slow stride, a foot coming through high gives a fast stride.
Hold one end of a pencil and move it to and fro, then do it with a 3 ft ruler.
Which is easier to move. "
MATT FITZGERALD of BRAIN TRAINING FOR RUNNERS SAYS;
concentrate on driving the thigh of your swing leg forward a little more forcefully than you normally do. A more forceful forward- upward movement of this leg will create a counter balancing downward-backward action in your opposite leg as it comes into contact with the ground. [Think of the way your free arm moves in opposition to your throwing arm when you throw a ball hard.]
Next time your out running try lifting your knees a bit higher you should feel an increase in speed! On hills concentrate on a higher knee lift, you should be able to climb a little bit more powerfully and with a faster leg turn over!
SO MAYBE THOSE SCRUFFY KIDS ON THE STREET CORNER ARE GIVING GOOD ADVISE EVEN IF THEY DON'T KNOW IT WHEN THEY SHOUT " GET THEM KNEES UP!"