Running Advice from our Friends at Altra Running

Altra running shoes are an increasingly popular choice at Northern Runner, with their trademarked Zero Drop technology having been born from real running experience (and injuries, pains and strains!). We have taken some of the Altra team’s key running tips for you to read over, should you be thinking about running at all – even without a fantastic new pair of Altras!

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USE A FORWARD, RELAXED & BALANCED POSTURE

You should be standing tall and leaning slightly forward, yet do not bend at the waist and keep shoulders and back nice and relaxed.

ADOPT COMPACT ARMS

Your arms are relaxed and elbows do not extend in front of the waist unless sprinting. Use a pumping motion back and forward rather than swaying from left to right.

 GET THE RIGHT FOOT STRIKE

Don’t over-stride or land on your heels too often, instead softly land with bent knees. The leaning forward should help to keep you off your heels.

PRACTICE A HIGHER CADENCE

How many steps per minute are you achieving when running? It’s been proven that for better running health you should to maintain 170-180. Test yourself and try to increase it gradually.

Remember to move:

– Lightly
-Quickly
-Softly

STRENGTHEN MUSCLES AND REDUCE CHANCE OF INJURY

Do you usually run on smooth pavements? To help stabilising muscles build in strength try uneven surfaces like grass and dirt tracks for chunks of your run.

TRANSITIONING FROM ANOTHER RUNNING SHOE TO ALTRA ZERO DROP(TM)?

Well it might not feel natural at first! The majority of running shoes have a lot of heel height & cushioning and as such have reduced the need for your Achilles and lower calves to work. There may well be tightness in these areas whilst you get used to Zero Drop running shoes. Some of the range does have higher cushioning and will require little time to adjust. For styles like Altra Lone Peak or Altra Insticnt this may take a little longer.

For help and advice call our shop on 0191 2614 322 or Contact Us.

 

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