Well, sometimes, but not all the time. It depends who shows up that day. Below is a series of pictures captured during the homestretch of a 1 - Mile road race. The lead runner in white led from the start and the runner in black trailed in second from the start. You'll see sound technique in one and not so sound technique in the the other. The winning time was 4:45. Who was it?
In all out effort against his own anatomy, the runner in white wins the race by 2 seconds. So if the runner with sound form doesn't always win the race, why is it beneficial? Three primary reasons you want sound form despite not winning the race:
- less energy expenditure to go the same speed as someone without sound form. The runner in black who exhibits impeccable technique through the finish line, walked comfortably upon finishing, looked like he enjoyed himself, and woke up the next morning for 16.5 mile run in preparation for an ultra-marathon. The runner in the white, immediately went to the ground upon finishing the race to recover prone on his back, grimacing with his eyes shut while he caught his breath.
- less energy expenditure and moving with the anatomy of your body (not against it) equals less stress. Less stress equals less time needed for recovery. Less recovery means more time to do what you enjoy doing. Winning.
- less risk of injury and burnout. When the systemic systems of the body are taxed with the added stress of unsound movement patterns repetitively, the risk of injury and burnout rises.
If you are unfamiliar with what it feels like to run sound or unsound technique, get on a TrueForm Runner. It will only takes a few minutes for you to learn the practical application of technique. For more information on how to use the TrueForm Runner in running training go to our training videos page and read more posts on our blog! Oh, by the way, the second place runner with great form uses a TrueForm ;)