To master the technique of race walking, you will need to practice. Race walking is not simply walking fast or running slow. If you want to mimic the pros, the two basic rules are always to keep one foot touching the ground at all times, and the other is to keep the swing leg straight. The straight leg must stay straight as it touching the ground and as your hips move over the top of this leg and foot.
You have decided to run a 5KM race! Congratulations! Setting a goal such as this has numerous benefits. Give yourself at least six months of training, and follow the suggestions here to ensure your race day is nothing short of brilliant. Check out our tips here how to prepare for your first 5k run.
Our feet do an incredible amount of work every day and bear the weight of our sometimes too heavy bodies. They move us through all planes of motion, speed us toward emergencies, and allow us the kind of mobility that we often take for granted. Did you know that there are 26 bones and 30 joints inside each of your feet? There are also over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments all working in concert to keep us moving. It’s no wonder then that many, myself included, experience acute or chronic foot pain.
As an athlete, or as someone who enjoys a gut-busting workout, you know you want your full attention on your body mechanics, breathing, and form. You don’t want to be thinking about your socks. Socks may seem inconsequential, but they play a large role when we are physically active. If you have ever been sidelined because your sock has bunched up around your toes, resulting in an enormous heel blister, you know exactly what I am talking about. Different sports require a little something different from your socks, often dependent on weather and if your activity takes place indoors or outdoors. Several characteristics define a great sports sock, though, and these characteristics allow for a focus on your sport, not on your socks.