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Observing Running Form of our Speedy Ultra Endurance Cousins – The Triathlete

The Hawaii Ironman was last Saturday with live coverage all day! Love that!

Chris McCormack won his second title for the men and Mirinda Carfrae won her first World Ironman Championship.

After swimming 2.4 miles, and biking 112 miles in the heat and humidity of the Hawaiian Island, it is fascinating to watch how the fastest runners are able to maintain an efficient looking running form when the body is in such a fatigued state. Inspiring to watch.

I wasn’t able to find any good running video of Chris McCormack (a fast all-around triathlete) from Hawaii this year, but I did find another great video of Chris and Eneko Llanos (also one of the fastest Ironman runners) competing at the Wildflower half Ironman in 2008.

Check out their form. Words that come to mind are fluid and smooth. Also observe how little vertical movement for both of them.

Chris McCormack and Eneko Llanos at Wildflower Triathlon

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Btw, Chris ran a 1:14 for the half mary portion!

Mirinda Carfrae at Hawaii Ironman 2010

Mirinda won Hawaii this year and set a new women’s marathon record of 2:53:42.

Check out her running in the final few miles. She is still screaming along the course. I still sense so much power within her run even though she is nearly nine hours into an ultra event. Crazy cool!

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Fun to watch!

What aspects of running form do you notice with these speedy ultra endurance athletes?

I can’t help but think about how improving running efficiency/form can translate across 50 km, 50 miles, or 100 miles. Seems huge.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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