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Many coaches try to improve stride by asking runners to consciously modify their form (take shorter steps, land on the front of the foot instead of the heel). But studies dating all the way back to the 1960s have consistently shown that such consciously enforced changes actually make runners less efficient. The reason is that it forces you to think about your movements, which increases brain activity. Why that’s bad: Research also shows that the most skilled athletes in all sports have the least activity in their brains when performing sport-specific movements. In other words, they’re basically able to perform on autopilot.
Emptying your mind and not focusing on your body as you run will help you evolve the stride that is most economical for your body.
We asked elite runners, coaches, doctors, and more to share their very best advice to help you run farther, faster, longer, and stronger
We asked elite runners, coaches, doctors, and more to share their very best advice to help you run farther, faster, longer, and stronger.