Good Form Running

#1 Posture

Running Posture
  • Feet straight ahead, knees soft.
  • Head level with eyes looking forward.
  • Stretch and reach to the sky.
  • Relax arms to sides at a 90° angle.
  • Keep arms & shoulders relaxed.
  • Use compact arm swings, avoid crossing the body's center line.

#2 Mid-Foot

Running Posture
  • Contact ground midfoot first.
  • Entire foot lands softly and under hip line.
  • Run light, avoid pounding.
  • Landing on midfoot promotes a balanced running position mini-mizing friction [braking].

#3 Cadence

Running Posture
  • Cadence target = 180 steps/min.
  • To find cadence. Jog for 1 min. counting number of times your right foot hits the ground. Goal is 90 foot strikes per foot [180 total].
  • 180 cadence promotes short, quick strides and midfoot strike.

#4 Lean

Running Posture
  • Lean from the ankles without bending at the waist.
  • Keep weight slightly forward and flex at the ankles.
  • User gravity to help generate forward momentum.
  • REset posture, then lean tall into a jog.

What Is Good Form Running (GFR)?

GFR is a running technique curriculum based on the idea that running is a skill to be learned. Rooted in simplicity, GFR focuses on four elements of technique (see sidebar) that will help prevent injury and increase efficiency in runners.

GFR Classes at Big Peach Running Co. (BPRC)

BPRC offers GFR classes on a monthly basis. Each class consists of (4) hours of instruction (over two sessions) and is taught by a certified GFR coach. Class size is limited to 15 participants to ensure an intimate coaching environment.

What does it cost?

Class fee is $60 for the entire four hours of instruction.

What can I expect at a GFR Class?

Each student’s goals and backgrounds are identified at the outset.  Video footage of each student is frequently gathered to understand baseline form and to identify improvement and areas needing additional focus (all video files are also emailed to students).  Students practice drills to hone efficiency and receive individualized feedback thorough video analysis.  Topics such as equipment, stretching and core strength are also covered.

Is there a way to try before I buy?

Yes! We offer a complimentary 1-hour introduction to Good Form Running.  Learn about the 4 elements of GFR as you get a good overview of the program and what to expect at our 4-hour class. (Please click on the store location of your choice to sign up.)

May:
Marietta - Sat. May 10th 8:00-9:00am
Midtown - Sat. May 17th 8:00-9:00am
Suwanee - Sat. May 24th 8:00-9:00am

June:
Alpharetta - Sat. June 7 8:00-9:00am
Brookhaven - Sat. June 14 8:00-9:00am 
*Registration for June intro classes will open in mid-May

Class Schedule: 

May:
Decatur - Sat. May 17 & Sat. May 31 8:00-10:00am
Kennesaw - Sat. May 17 & Sat. May 31 8:00-10:00am

June:
Marietta - Sat. June 14 & Sat. June 28 8:00-10:00am 
Midtown - Sat. June 14 & Sat. June 28 8:00-10:00am 
Suwanee - Sat. June 14 & Sat. June 28 8:00-10:00am   

To register, just click on the store location/class of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you there!