Run Lighter: Say No to “Pounding the Pavement”

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3. Weighted, overhead practice:

With a PVC pipe or light bar to start, stand with the bar overhead in your running position. Switch feet, feeling the bar lift up out of your hands (weightless). This is the goal when we run or jump: to transfer our weight forward (running) or up (jumping) as we leave the ground.

The general goal is to spend more time in the air than on the ground; this is where directional movement happens — forward in running, upwards in jumping. Once you begin to fall and respond to the ground by pulling up, this becomes a reflexive response to your run. Practice these skill drills, then go for a run and enjoy the quiet — your body will thank you.

Valerie Hunt is co-owner of BVM CrossFit in Austin, TX. She is also a certified Pose Method running coach and a CrossFit Endurance coach. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at @runatxrun.

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