Want to know what good form looks like?

Look no further than your kids. They make it seem effortless because for them, it is. The perfect lean, the foot landing under the center of gravity, the light landing. It’s all there.

Would that it were so easy for the big people!

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Her first 5k!

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Finishing a 5k last weekend

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  1. I ADORE THIS!!!!
    so like what I blogged about today and so what you and I both seem to live.
    stuck? stumped? perhaps your answer (whatever the query :)) is right in your kids.
    Miz recently posted..Six fitness lessons Ive learned from my child.My Profile

  2. I never thought about it that way, but it makes sense! And congrats to your kids!

    There was an 11-year-old racing with his dad at the adventure race we did this past weekend – it was so cool to see him out there.
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  3. So what happens to us later in life?
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  4. I have noticed this with my kids as well! When they take off running, they both have the most excellent forefoot strike. Yes!
    Go little Zips!
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  5. Awww I saw that picture of your daughter on Facebook and love it!!! Both of them seriously look amazing! What strong finishes!!
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  6. Awesome.

  7. Look at the little mszippy! She’s FLYING! Congrats mama :)
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  8. So true! I’ve noticed that with the kids I coach. They naturally have good form. My guess is that we screw ourselves up when we start sitting at desks all day!
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  9. love it! Footloose and Fancy Free! : )
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  10. This is mostly true – especially from a midfoot landing perspective. But evaluating overall form will find flaws just like in adults (for example look at the arms in the picture of the young man). So we need to be careful about what we are trying to say. Also, with respect to smoothness and consistency (not overall form), I would give the edge to a more mature runner (high school and above).

    I do agree with you though and think the question is not just about form, but what contributes to the changes in form as someone grows up. Could it be posture related? Shoe related? Or???
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  11. that is some gorgeous form!
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  12. Look at that form!!! My daughter ran a race this summer and I was amazed when I got the pictures back at her form!! Wish mine could look like that!!
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  13. And then we start wearing heels. Lol.
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  14. Ahhh! This is wonderful! Such great form. We need to get back to running like kids. ;)

  15. Awww, very cute. You have every reason to be a proud mama. Congrats to you and your kids!
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  16. We just suck as adults. Kids do everything right. Appreciate life, have good running form, stay in the moment. What happens to us???

    Your kids are adorable.
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  17. Love it! Although I will say my daughter runs like phoebe from friends…its scary to watch. Haha!
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  18. Perfect form!! Your children are adorable! Love that they are already doing races!! I’m sure they want to be just like their mama one day =)
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  19. so funny . . . .when I saw her form [I think Monday?!] I thought to myself- she has amazing form. Of course she does!! She’s a lil’ Zippy!!

  20. Love it! My youngest is so fast and has great form. A natural. I hope he sticks with it:)
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  21. I say this all the time. My daughter could be a running model. Her form is beautiful and she uses it to kick her brothers booties at every turn. heehee Well, she doesn’t quite catch them yet but she gets real close, which is amazing since she is 5 and they are 10 &13.
    I love watching the kids run. I might be a little jealous. ;-)
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  22. fabulous form :-)

    yea, my 5 year old runs beautifully if possible! i mean, i could watch him for hours…it looks effortless and so perfect! but my husband has gorgeous running form, so maybe it’s genetic? lol, i sure don’t!!!!
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  23. I watch my puppy run and am totally envious! Excitement, good joints, perfect form, ears flying in the breeze! Way to go that your kids are running!
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  24. So true! I was just reading something similar in Born to Run, and it made so much sense. I love that they’re both into running!
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  25. kids have the best running form! they make it look easy.

  26. …and unlike me, they don’t look down at the ground…or obsess about their Garmin.
    Good little monkeys.
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  27. Cute kiddos!

    My girlfriend just posted a picture of her little boy running to a base during a baseball game. She, too, pointed out his awesome mid-foot strike. Love it!
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  28. Little ones have the best form because there heads arn’t filled with nonsense adults are!
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  29. Yea on her first 5k and here is to many more! Erica
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  30. You’re right! They do make it look pretty easy don’t they!! So carefree!
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  31. you know I am a FAN of this!!!

    my kids always look like they are flying on their racing pictures!!!
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  32. So at what age do we lose it?
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  33. If we could all just go back to being kids again!!!
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  34. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!

  35. Sweet pictures!

  36. Good point. I’ll need to take a few lessons from my nephews. We need to call you Miss Observant!
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  37. I KNOW!! I watch my boys run all the time and love looking at their form! In fact, I’m thinking about investing in some Merrell gloves for them b/c kids’ shoes are sooo built up..it’s crazy!
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  38. You’re right kids do just naturally know what to do for the most part. Although I have cracked up a time or two when I hear someone clopping along down the road, beating up their poor feet and I turn to look and it’s so teen in baggy pants and 3x too big shoes “running”
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  39. That’s so true!!! Kids are natural athletes. I love watching my kids climb too. They have such great technique naturally. It’s awesome.

    Congrats to your kiddos for their 5K’s!!
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  40. First 5K! How exciting!
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