May 14, 2019
The pros use running drills to improve their form and performance. See why and learn 4 running drills that help to improve your stride length.
While the subject of running performance is complex, running faster in its most simplistic form is pretty straightforward.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled Running Drills: 4 Drills That Improve Cadence.
In it, I introduced you to running drills and their benefits.
I also shared four videos demonstrating drills that can help you to improve your cadence. It proved a popular post.
Because cadence is only one piece of the puzzle, I thought I would follow that post up with a demonstration of drills that can help to improve your stride length.
Here they are!
A long stride is the result of strength and power.
Each of the drills below develops strength and power in the legs. They also help to improve core stability which contributes to the transfer power through the ground and into forward movement.
Because running drills are a skill, you need to pay careful attention to the way you perform each drill.
If you rush the movement and perform them with poor form, you only reinforce bad habits.
Take your time with each drill and if you find yourself losing form, stop and rest before continuing on with good form.
Here are some points you want to think about as you perform the drills.
The drills above can be done independently of the drills in the last post or you can mix and match the drills into a training session.
Choose three to four drills you want to include in your session.
Drills are useful for all levels of runners but should probably be done on a more regular basis by people who are new to running or by runners who feel their form is weak.
While drills can improve your coordination in as little as one session, the greatest return on investment comes when you perform drills on a regular basis.
I encourage you to set aside your ego and to practise your drills regularly as part of your usual running training.