Running Photos Can Help Runners With Form And Much MoreFeb 6, 2020
By: Dara Mormile
We’ve all had those race day pictures we’re not so proud of. That expression of exhaustion caught at just the right—or wrong time—could be your historic embarrassment.
Race photographers are only hired to snap away, no matter how sweaty you look or how much you look like you’re going to collapse on the sidewalk.
This means catching that moment mid-chew with a mouthful of Kramp Krusher energy chew while fueling during the race or that painful expression when caught off guard in a moment of struggle.
But then there are times when you’ll look amazing on the trail and everyone can tell by the look on your face that it’s the best moment of your life.
Some athletes may not think of their action shots as symbolizing anything else but capturing the moment, regardless of whether it’s visually flattering or not. Many of us save those racing photos for personal memories and milestones we can print out, frame, share on social media with the rest of the running community.
But did you ever think a simple photo could expose health problems or running form disasters?
You may not have had friends or family take a photo of you running—yet— but you may want to bring someone with you next time you hit the
pavement and ask them to go photo crazy! They may even be able to help by taking a video from a distance of your usual training techniques. What can you do with those highly unflattering snapshots?
Besides keeping tabs on your physique and weight-loss progress— especially if you’re planning on slimming down through running—your form, overall health, dehydration levels, and coordination can be monitored from many angles, regardless of the photo is a typical “selfie” or if it’s been taken by a professional on the course.
Check Your Form
You hear it all the time from athletes—running form and posture are the main keys to keeping a healthy pace and avoiding injury. The next time you snag some photos from that big race, try to recognize the details of your form.
Are you hunched over or stretched out tall? Are your arms above your waist? How high are you lifting your knees? Are your hands clenched?
Many experts say that being a more efficient runner is all about form. Avoid sticking your butt out and lean slightly forward.
Reducing stride length increases stride frequency. If you see in photos or videos that your legs are far apart and you’re taking big “leaps” forward, try to concentrate on your cadence so your feet strike the pavement at about 180 steps per minute, which is the recommended cadence speed for efficient running.
Also, take note in different photos how high you’re lifting your knees. Avoid high knee striding to avoid exhausting your body and injuring your knees on longer runs, especially on hills where you should minimize the strain to your entire body so you have energy reserved for the rest of your run.
Those Selfies Are For More Than Just Vanity
Some runners don’t feel like capturing their sweaty and messy moments, even on their own gadgets. But if you do take your phone with you, random selfies can help assess different things about your skin, blood circulation, and dehydration levels.
For example, take a photo before you start running, during your run and then after you run. If your face is beet red during and/or after your run, your body is simply responding to you overheating by dilating the blood vessels to reduce your overall body temperature.
While it does not cause for alarm, snapping a selfie in the middle of your run to gauge how dehydrated you are could help you survive a hot and dangerous long run. This is a good time to drink some water and consume your energy chews, preferable with electrolytes to stay energized and hydrated.
If you’ve got that fiery redness in your face mid-run regularly— especially when temperatures soar, you may want to find a trail near a local park or water fountain where you can cool your face off.
You’ll definitely feel heat exhaustion before you get a chance to see it in a photo. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, muscle or abdominal cramps, profound sweating and lightheadedness.
One way you can keep your body moving and look great in those race pics is fueling.
Our preferred source of fuel is Kramp Krusher electrolyte energy chews. These bite-sized, lemon-flavored chews are packed with fast- absorbing natural sea salt ingredients and are easy to digest.
Kramp Krusher extreme training energy chews speed up recovery while improving muscle-to-brain communication. Packed in convenient envelopes that will stay snug in any fitness belt, Kramp Krusher gummies are portable - and not to mention, selfie-friendly!
Don’t forget to take some of our yummy chews on your next outing and make sure you snap away.