Thursday, November 26, 2009

Where Are Your Hands During Running?

12th IAAF World Athletics Championships - Day Nine

12th IAAF World Athletics Championships - Day Five

Try to keep your hands at waist level, right about where they might lightly brush your hip. Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle, with your elbows at your sides

I disagree- I got this quote from a popular on-line running site. If you can bend your elbows at 90 degrees and KEEP your hands at waist level at the same time, I'd like to see it.

Many (but not all) top runners actually carry their arms with a greater than 90 bend at the elbow, keeping hands up high. A shorter lever arm requires less energy expenditure, so it makes sense to keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees or less.

Check out your elbows and hands in the reflection next time you run by a window- if your hands are down by your waist, bend your elbows to bring them up.

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