Running Form in My Son at 18 and 30 Months of Age

In a comment to a post I wrote earlier today someone suggested that I should take a video of my son running every six months to track how his form changes over time. This is a great idea, and my kids are used to being guinea pigs for me, so I thought I’d start by pulling together the first two videos I have of my littlest guy Benjamin.

Below is a video showing him running at 18 and 30 months of age. It’s amazing to watch how much more fluid his movement is in the second clip, and I’m now really curious to find out at what point he’ll alter his arm swing from straight to bent elbows. Time will tell!

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This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

Comments

  1. ithinkicanrun says:

    Hey Pete has your kid taken queues from your blog and book? I am amazed at how fluid, even at 18 months, your son’s motion is. No clunky feet and set to be the next big thing in the running game!

    http://www.ithinkicanrun.com@ithinkicanrun:disqus

  2. That was a big change between the two already!

  3. Christopher Babb says:

    Wow that is a major change

  4. Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT says:

    I just filmed my 6 yo running in the yard for a Running Injury and Prevention presentation I’m doing later tonight. Mid-foot strike but still running with her arms straight! Maybe because she’s in gymnastics?

  5. M Louise Cunningham says:

    He is so cute!!

  6. Patrick Johnson says:

    I like that he’s basically in the same outfit for both videos (green top, blue pants). Can you make sure you stick with that wardrobe until he’s, say, 25?

  7. The first video is unshod and the second shod. Does that make a difference in the form, do you find?

  8. i’ve been interested in watching when and how the form changes as people get older, naturally anyway
    and your son running at 18 months old always makes me laugh at how adorable it is :D

  9. Too cute!! But a very interesting idea as well!

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