Learning to Fall or Lean Correctly
An important aspect in common with The Pose Method®, Chi Running® and other schools of thought in the efficient running movement is that we want to work in harmony with gravity, to enable a fall forwards as opposed to a push-off, front leg extension and braking heel-strike landing.
How hard can it be to fall, right? While this seems like an easy answer, it’s actually quite easy to set yourself up for an inefficient fall. The most common problem is leaning from your head. That is, driving the head and sometimes chest forwards, at the expense of the rest of your body position.
In this video, I explain the concept and demonstrate drills to help you develop the feel and correct leaning or falling position.
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Mind Training Tips for Efficient Running
To run safely and injury-free, it is hugely important to learn to organize your body properly. The next level is to learn to organize your mind. Most noteworthy, this means developing awareness skills, recognizing the times when your Inner Critic is trying to own you, and leveraging your Inner Coach’s voice in a supportive role, just like your favorite coach is running beside you. I teach these tools and much more in my book.
I wish you the best on your journey to improve your running!
— Coach Jeff
Jeff Grant is the author of Flow State Runner: Activate a Powerful Inner Coach’s Voice, Hill Running: Survive & Thrive, Run Faster: Unlock Your Speed in 8 Weeks, Running Heavy, and UltraRunning: Coach’s Handbook. Based in Switzerland, Jeff is a coach and writer who specializes in mental coaching, peak performance, and transformation. Jeff’s popular newsletter is a digest containing inspirational and instructional resources, including his latest content. See recent issues and subscribe for free here. Refer to Jeff’s bio for more information, and please check out Jeff’s Coach & Author page on Facebook.