Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this badass…
I love Mo Farah. When I first started racing, I would watch his 10K pro tips video on Youtube whilst I ate my pre-race breakfast. (Sadly, that video has since disappeared). Mo is one of my favourite athletes, and I’ve spent many an hour watching his form, reading about his training, and trying to learn by osmosis. On a side note, I will be absolutely heartbroken if the allegations about doping made about him turn out to be true.
But I digress. I saw this picture a few weeks ago on a running forum, and it’s stuck in my mind ever since. Just look at that form! He looks like some kind of super-lean, superhuman, gazelle-like running creature!
And I, personally, am not. I’m not meaning to sound pessimistic, but let’s be honest, my form is nowhere near that standard. I’ve been told by my physio that I have strong glutes but they fail to activate, and I can often feel myself “crumple” in the middle when I get fatigued during a race or training run. Since doing (minimally) more glute work and conditioning in the past few weeks I can definitely feel a difference in my strength and form- and so now I’m making it a focus.
So when I feel my form going, or I’m feeling fatigued and like I have nothing left to give, I channel Mo; specifically, his form. I run tall and push from my hips. This in turn makes my core and glutes kick in, and I’m able to lengthen my stride. It sounds so small, but often when I’m tired, it makes a huge difference.
So go Mo!
What do you focus on with your running form? Any particular tips or mantras?
Lots of love,