Wind resistance and hills

I have just been for a run on a very windy December day, so it is a good time to consider the issues of responding to wind resistance, and also hills.

Responding to wind resistance
As outlined in the article on the Mechanics of Running (see sidebar), the main driver of the leg swing is the action of lifting the ankle towards the hip at lift-off from stance. When there is wind resistance, forward propulsion is required. I believe this requires an even more forceful lift-off (and accompanying more forceful back-swing of the arm), but rather than think of a more forceful muscle action. I concentrate on an image of being towed forwards by a cable attached to the front of the pelvis below the solar plexus. The imagined cable pulls forwards. I believe that this image encourages slightly greater forward lean of the trunk (but without bending forwards at the hip), increasing destabilization and promoting a more energetic lift-off.

Climbing hills
Again the requirement is for a more energetic lift-off. When ascending a hill, I consciously lift the ankle higher and lean a little more into the hill.

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One Response to “Wind resistance and hills”

  1. nrg-b Says:

    Your third article is “Wind resistance and hills”
    – cable tow attached to the hips. Yes!!! I have a drill where you pull your waistband of your shorts forward.

    Once again I stand by my initial statement to you that you’re very close to fully understanding Pose Running. Your article has made points about on external observations. You now need to dig deeper and understand more about the internal mental focus which drives us.

    In other words, what are the thoughts/desires behind animals of the same species including young human toddlers which makes them all run the same way? Yet human adults exhibit varying styles?????

    Please can you write an article titled: “The Mental Mechanics of Efficient Running”? 😉

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