I've never thought much about the way I run - not since my cross country coach complimented me for how straight I ran. But as I've been running and reading more about running, I've begun thinking about running mechanics.
I'm thinking about it because I want to be a more efficient runner. I don't want to waste energy or to risk injury because of the mechanics of running.
Yesterday I realized I'm a pretty solid heel-striker. I probably could have guessed that because of the heel wear on my shoes (the back outside of the heels is always the first place to show wear). But yesterday, I was taking the baby for a walk, and I didn't bother to put on shoes; we just went. So I'm pushing the stroller, barefooting it, and I realize I heel strike. I've been reading some of the arguments about heel vs. midfoot striking, and I don't think there's a "right" answer. Just observations.
But it's made me think about the mechanics of my running and it's made me wonder: how does one even go about changing one's mechanics?