"I liked the running style, at least she was unique."
I'm speechless... "Unique" isn't necessarily a good thing. It would be "unique" to run with your arms straight up in the air at all times, or to continuously rotate them windmill style...or to "run" by falling down and rolling over every 12 steps or...well, the possibilities are simply endless...and horrifying...
Jon: Yes, I'd like to think I have made a great contribution to fandom! There are evils and there are EVILS, after all...
kuha wrote:I'm speechless... "Unique" isn't necessarily a good thing. It would be "unique" to run with your arms straight up in the air at all times, or to continuously rotate them windmill style...or to "run" by falling down and rolling over every 12 steps or...well, the possibilities are simply endless...and horrifying...
Well, if anyone could do any of the things you mentioned and win medals in global championships in the process, I'd be their no. 1 fan.
paula's running form is far from pretty but she is the greatest female marathoner the world has ever seen, and secound isnt even close. if you look at her from the neck down she's fairly economical. in a dave beford bashing it out kinda of way. she certainly never made me laugh out loud with her form.
One interesting aspect of the positive test is that she "passed" the same test a couple of days before after winning the marathon. This is at least a little curious. I do not recall what the "positive" is for, and it only covers the "A" sample at this point.
Tried emulating Gabe Jennings shuffle style today... even threw in a Michael Johnson between strides. Hurt like heck to drag my feet like that. I suppose the opposite of the straight-arm style would be Mark Everett and his right-arm-goes-wild-after-cast-removed style. I also agree, the straight-arm style was hard on the eyes.
slowcoach wrote:I tried emulating Paula's style while out running one day, and ended up running into a wall!
Our coach made us run with our hands in our pockets (or at least down by our sides), just to show us how important our arms were for running.
coachy, from physics, i'm sure the arm-down cadence must be energy saving - if we can find the wt. of the average arm, assume it's centre of mass goes up by ? 10cm with the classic style & this occurs every 2s ( 1s for each arm )
if sun coud run 30'00 with an assumed classic style, her total energy output of just running woud be ~ 0.5*m*(10,000/1800)^2*1800 = 27,777*m J
now, if she cuts out the arm action, you coud save yourself some valuable energy, which you coud use to run faster:
maybe an arm is worth (1/40)*m ( ? ) - have to look this up
if this (1/40)*m is raised by 0.1m every 2s for 30'00, then the energy expended is 1/40*m*0.1*(1800/2)*9.8 for each arm, which we can double for 2 arms, giving us 44.1*m J
add this to 27,777*m J & we get
27,821.1*m J, giving us a revised time with "no arms" of...