Chapter 6: How to do your own running gait analysis

So you’ve decided to have a go at doing your own gait analysis – congratulations, you’ll be surprised how much you can learn by observing your running technique recorded on video.  A word of caution though, it’s definitely worth showing your video footage to a range of experienced coaches and other experts.  Don’t automatically think you’ll be able to work it out on your own.  I’ve spent a lot of time studying my own and other runner’s techniques in the past few years and I definitely still get other people to provide an opinion.  You can never have too many sets of eyes looking over a problem as complex as understanding running technique.

If you have an injury – seek treatment from a professional.

Of course if you have an injury then looking at your running gait if definitely going to help narrow down the cause – so showing your video to your physical therapist is going to be a useful thing to do.  Don’t risk running if you have an acute injury – you may have to recover first and analyze your technique later when you’re less likely to do further damage.

It’s a good idea to record some video when you’re not injured.  Think of it as an insurance policy, if you do get unlucky and become injured, you will have some recently recorded video that might help track down the cause.

The right angles

Make sure you record some video from these four angles.  I have arranged them in order to give you a sense of relative priority.

Side

Rear

Front

Low side

 

For information about how to analyze running technique please refer to chapters 4 – 6 of Running Technique.

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Gait analysis footage you need

Brian old technique side

Brian old technique rear

Brian improved technique side