While running form is not my biggest consideration at the moment, I would like to work at running correctly early, rather than picking up habits. Furthermore, as a new runner, I know I am prone to more injuries, and already expend a lot of energy. By fixing my form early doors, I can reduce the prospect of injuries and potentially streamline my stride so that I spend less energy in misplaced feet or overreaching my strides.
By taking account of form and fixing wherever possible, you can save energy, increase speed and reduce propensity to injury.
Without scientifically examining your form, you can make small changes which can effectively increase your skill in running without much effort. The first of these is by ensuring that your foot lands underneath your body, especially under your centre of gravity or under your hips. You can reduce the occurrence of heel striking, therefore reducing post workout aches and injuries. The second small change which you can make is by increasing the number of steps that you take per minute. By increasing the number of steps, you overall reduce the pressure on each step, reducing again the stress and possibility of injury.
These two tips are a good way of improving “form” while keeping it “in-house”. You can speak to consultants, get your form analysed or take lessons, but the most important part is to be comfortable during, and after, a run. Taking a look at the Active.com article for more tips and tricks is certainly a good place to start.