I’m definitely not the world’s best runner. In fact, I’m not particular skilled in the art of running at all. And I’m definitely not the most experience runner out there. I mean, I’ve been running for almost 4 years now, but that’s really not very long. Especially compared to the super fit 60 year old dude who’s been running since high school, or the crazy talented 25 year old chick who’s been running basically since she could walk. But I do like to think I have at least some knowledge on the subject of running. I mean, I’ve read a countless number of books, magazine, blogs, and other articles on the internet. I listen to several running related podcasts, religiously follow a bunch of other runners on several social media platforms, and enjoy talking with and learning from my fellow runners whenever I can. So I’m not gonna lie, it’s not exactly often that I stumble upon a new piece of information or advice that I haven’t at least heard or read about before.
So this “best running advice that I’ve ever gotten (so far)” was actually not something that was particularly knew to me. Hell, I’ve actually read the book it came from several times before, but today was when it finally clicked into place for me.
And that piece of advice?
Now wait! Let me explain!! Because if you’re a woman reading this you may be asking “just what the heck this that supposed to mean? I most certainty don’t have a pecker!” Trust me, I don’t either, but that little nugget of wisdom basically changed my life today. Alright, that’s a bit of an over exaggeration, but it definitely changed my running form for the better.
I read this little phrase in The Little Red Book Of Running by Scott Douglas. Apparently “Pecker out” was a cue that his collage coach (who apparently never coached women) used to remind his runners to keep their hips slightly forward. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard so many variations of how important it is to keep your pelvis slightly tucked and your hips forward so that your feet land under you instead of in front of you. And that’s super important because if your feet are landing too far in front of your body their acting as a break and slowing you down instead of propelling you forward like they should be.
Obviously that kinda thing is super important, but I’ve also read that everyone’s running form is different because our bodies are all unique, and what works for one runner may not work for another. And while running form is important, there’s really no need to worry too much about it if you’re able to run comfortably and without getting injured. So I never really bothered to look too much into my own running form. Waaay back when I first started running I switched from heal striking to landing on my forefoot, but that was basically the only change in form that I’ve made in the almost 4 years of running. Well, until today that is.
For some reason that little phrase “pecker out” was stuck in my head today so I decided to try it out during my run this morning, because why not, right? 🙂 So every once in a while I’d tell myself “pecker out” to remind myself to keep pushing my hips forward a little bit, and holy cow did it make a huge difference! Especially when I was going up hill. I definitely felt more efficient, I feel like I didn’t get as worn out as I usually do on hills, and I was able I was able to get up the hills faster. My hips are a little sore now that I’m done though, but I already have weak hips to begin with and since I was moving them in a way they aren’t exactly used to, I kinda figured that was coming. But even so, I’m definitely going to continue on with this whole keeping my hips slightly forward thing. 🙂
So yeah, I guess the moral if this post is that it’s usually a good idea to try out new things every once and a while, and to keep your pecker out (or hips slightly forward) while you’re running! 😉
Happy Monday everyone! Wishing you lots of happy summer miles!!