Correct Running Posture: Upright Trunk vs Forward Lean

Correct Running Posture: Upright Trunk vs Forward Lean

I always like to draw your attention to the biomechanics of the best distance runners in the world, from East Africa, namly from Ethiopia. Why? Because they set real examples of what running efficiency looks like and also, never forget that their running form actually came from their own experience of running barefoot during youth in which barefoot running for many years during critical stages of development has obviously influenced their running form in ways that makes their mechanics more productive. Part of their barefoot tailed-mechanical framework is their pronounced forward lean which provides global mechanical support to help silence impact forces on the foot and lower leg, especially when running barefoot. Above all, the forward lean enables them to be less reliant on muscular support during the propulsive phase, helping leverage greater economic stability, clearing the way for more progress to be made in performance.

Leaning forward during running may be safer on the knees and may drive better economic stability, a win-win for the betterment of your running progress.

Bretta Riches

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches