When I first saw this picture I thought, "that's perfect." My friend Sadie was doing a little warm-up for a fun run. No one told her how to run, she just took off.
Doesn't it look like fun?
Before we started trying to make it better, God made it perfect.
Somewhere through the years, our propensity to a sedentary lifestyle has led most of us to the non-perfect running form that we struggle against to propel us forward.
A quick Google search for "perfect running form" populates pages of related articles and this definition shows up near the top:
When running with the proper stride length, your feet should land directly underneath your body. As your foot strikes the ground, your knee should be slightly flexed so that it can bend naturally on impact. If your lower leg (below the knee) extends out in front of your body, your stride is too long.
The definition references a link to a 2005 Runner's World article, "The Perfect Running Form."
No one running form is right for every person because every person is created uniquely by God.
What every person can do, especially us older adults, is work to counteract the bad habits that have snuck in through the years.
When you need an example of how to run, go watch a kid, one that someone hasn't tried to teach to run. We can learn much from what God created.
I think I am just going to post the picture of Sadie in a prominent place as a reminder.