Running video analysis
You can’t improve what you don’t measure. So, how can I expect to improve my running technique if I don’t know how good (or bad) it is and I don’t have a coach? I’ve read quite a few articles about running gait analysis (link to one really good article/video is here), but the real world application of that takes a little more work than I could do myself. So, with the help of my wonderful wife and her father, I was finally able to get some high speed video of myself running so that I could analyze just how poor my running form is. In reality, I’m pleasantly surprised at how well I match up to what “they” say I should be doing (or should I say I’m disappointed that there’s not a bunch of low hanging fruit that will help me pick up the pace). Regardless, let’s get into the details.
I chose to tape well into one of my long runs because I wanted to ensure I was warmed up, but I also wanted to see how well my form held after I had run for a while and my body was a bit fatigued. So this was filmed at about the 6.5 mile point of a 9 mile run. By no means was it the end of a marathon, but it’s a decent run for me.
For this analysis, I used high speed video from my iPhone to record and Kinovea to do the measurements. I use this same software (it’s free) to measure my positioning on my bike as well. It’s very user friendly and definitely worth checking out if you have any need for motion analysis of any sort.
My first curiosity was just how my foot landed. I have attempted to move the point where I contact the ground to be nearly under me and I believe that I contact the ground first with my forefoot (although that’s arguably less important than the contact point). This was the first time I’ve really been able to see how I did.
I’ll update this soon with the actual video (if I can find a format this site let’s me upload). I also have pictures from the front and rear to look at hip rotation and crossing over the centerline, but that will have to wait as this is all I have time to post today. So, please email me or comment below if you have anything I missed or helpful suggestions on my form. Hope everyone’s weekend was great and a bit warmer than mine!
Posted on January 26, 2014, in Running, Triathlon Training, Uncategorized and tagged forefoot running, hip extension, midfoot, running form, video, video analysis. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.