A very wise and well-respected chiropractor in California mentioned the three B’s of running to me a couple months ago. I was tempted to pretend I knew what he was referring to before my curiosity took over. I am glad I asked.
Don’t let your belly get lazy. Turn on your core and do not run longer than your belly can stay engaged.
If your butt is not firing, you probably don’t look as pretty as you thought running down the bike path. If you stand tall and clench your butt cheeks you will notice that you pelvis settles into a neutral position. If you let go, you will notice that your butt goes out the back door, consequently placing undue stress on your low back and hamstrings. Check out our Hip Strengthening Routine to see how you can encourage and enable your butt to fire properly.
In order to properly complete your stride, you must follow through with your big toe. This will ensure you are toeing off as opposed to tip toeing, plodding, or hugging the outside of your foot. If you find this difficult due to pronation, you should make an appointment with your local physiotherapist.
About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at Western University where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.