Because people who are running aren't always a pretty sight. They can look downright mean, or in despair. Add tot that a wobbly walk, and what you get isn't the most beautiful picture. It kind of makes you wonder about how your own looks during a run... So beware, before you start checking yourself out.
Checking yourself out as a runner
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I like to check myself out in the windows of the stores I pass during a run. Usually what I see does nót please me! I always seem to be on the verge of collapse whenever I see my mirror image on the run. So I immediately straighten up and imagine there's a string attached to my head, holding me up! I also try to look cool and airy and like running is no effort at all. Obviously checking yourself out during a run is not for the faint hearted!
Checking yourself out is great way to improve your posture
However it's not all about vanity! Checking yourself out can provide valuable information about your running posture, and where there's room for improvement. For me that means no slouching, and straightening up.
Other things to check out are:
- Your head: look ahead naturally, not down at your feet
- Shoulders: keep them relaxed, low and loose
- Arms: elbows bent at an 90-degree angles, hands loose like you're holding a butterfly
- Hips: imagine your pelvis as a bowl filled with water. Try not to spill any!
- Legs: short stride, quick leg turnover
- Feet: be silent. Good running is springy and quiet
Beware of checking yourself out in cars
When there are no shops around, it can be tempting to check yourself out in windows of parked cars! But be careful doing that, because it can be really embarassing if someone's sitting in the car! Unfortunately I speak from experience...