Our neuromuscular systems are constantly resculpting microarchitecture in the brain and spinal cord and remodeling tissues in the body, modifications that physically embed movement habits. We become resilient runners not because we are machine — like, but because we evolve coordination patterns tailored to our individual anatomy, capitalizing on strengths, masking deficits. This is visible in each runner’s unique stride “fingerprint” and explains why you can pick out your training partner’s familiar gait through a crowd of other runners. – The Running Machine Myth, How the body adapts to create efficiency and injury resistance. — by John Kiely
(This sensational article by John Kiely appeared in the September 2013 issue of Running Times.)
I think The Running Machine Myth article by John Kiely is by far my all-time favorite article from Running Times!
So how does posture play a role in your running form?
Posture is a major factor in your overall health and performance. That being said, keep this in the back of your mind as it relates to your overall performance in life and/or sport: We don’t go through life consciously holding static postures.
Before we dive any deeper, we should probably have a baseline as to what posture is (and isn’t!).
Essentially, posture means position. At least that is the way your Physical Body perceives it.
Note: The overall impact that posture has on your Mental Body, Emotional Body and ultimately your Spiritual Body have been well documented throughout the years.
Do you recall the Peanuts® strip where Charlie Brown demonstrates his “depressed stance” for Patty?
Our emotions have a significant impact on our Physical Body.
So, how does your posture relate to your running form over the long haul? And, is that position in time with every other moving part throughout your chain?