Running is a simple activity that prior to a more sedentary lifestyle came very natural for us as humans. There are many methods on the most effective way to improve running technique. Regardless of which method you chose to explore there should always be a basic foundation of conditioning the body, that is established prior to training a specific running technique.
Defining Conditioning and Training
Conditioning - Developing and Maintaining the functional ability of the body.
Training - Enhancing the functional ability of the body.
Basic Functionals to be Conditioned Prior to Training a Specific Technique
Ability to Move in all Directions
8 Drills to Condition the Body for Running - The drills are designed to be simple and challenge your body to move in all directions at various speeds.
Allway focus on tall posture with your hips under your shoulders.
Each drill is to be practiced at a slow speed, medium speed, and a fast speed.
Practice being light on the balls of your feet.
Practice the drills as a warm up before running or on their own 2 days a week.
#1 Jogging with High Feet
Feet should come up close to your knees while staying under your hips.
#2 Jog is a S-shape
Wide arching turns where you should feel some stress on the outside of your knees.
#3 Jog and Spin
Work to maintain balance and your hips over your feet.
#4 High Knees and Butt Kicks
Light on your feet while working to kick your butt with heel and bring your knee to the level of your hip.
This drill is your hips twisting and not just a crossing of your feet. Your hips should face the direction you are traveling, followed by you tail bone facing the direction you are traveling.
Coordinate the knee drive with punching your hand overhead. Work to get tall on every skip.
Light on your feet and work to keep your hips under your shoulders rather than leaning forward.
#8 Run 3 Different Speeds
Incorporate all the skills you just practiced. Be light on your feet, drive you knee, keep your hip under your shoulders, and do it all fluently. There should be a distinct difference between your 3 running speeds.