This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with my 18-month old niece. The last time I saw her she was just taking her first steps, but now she’s all out sprinting.

We did laps together around the dinner table, and ran down the driveway as fast as she could.

It was joyful — as running should be — clumsy, and beautiful to watch.

Unlike most sports, we learn how to run at an incredibly young age. We teach ourselves the mechanics and body movements, not because we’re trying to get faster or run longer, but because it’s playful.

And for most of us, that’s probably the last time we think much about running form.

Even regular runners, marathoners, and ultrarunners — who understand its importance for efficiency, power, and injury prevention — rarely pay attention to form.

Why?

Because it’s incredibly difficult to examine form on your own. Without a coach watching or filming your stride, it’s nearly impossible to see what your hips, feet, knees, and upper-body are actually doing. Even when we try to do things on our own like count cadence, there’s only so much we can measure.

So when I first heard about the Lumo Run, a small device that monitors form, I was excited … and a bit skeptical.

Can the Lumo Run Improve Your Running Form?

A few months ago I was contacted by Lumo BodyTech about their new product, the Lumo Run. It’s a sensor you attach to your shorts while you run that tracks and analyzes your form, and offers real-time feedback on how to improve.

Skeptical as I was, it sounded like something I had to test out.

Here’s my full review of the Lumo Run, where I share:

  • How it works,
  • The metrics it tracks,
  • The Lumo Run app’s functionality,
  • What they did right,
  • How it could improve, and
  • Who could benefit from using it.

Watch the review here:

Sorry for the terrible audio. I tried to use the camera’s built-in mic … that was a bust.

Interested in the Lumo Run? Here’s a Discount Code

If you like what you see, use code ROCKCREEK10 for 10% off the Lumo Run.

Learn more here.

Note: While I received the product to review for free, Lumo BodyTech is not a sponsor and the comments in this review are completely my own. By purchasing with the discount code, you’ll not only receive the discount, but Rock Creek Runner will also receive a small commission for each sale. Thanks for the support.

Coach Greg McMillan and Rebecca Shultz on Running Form and the Lumo Run

If you want to learn more about the Lumo Run philosophies, check out this week’s episode of Trail Talk. I chat with running coach Greg McMillan and Rebecca Shultz, PhD, the Product Researcher and Designer, and Biomechanist at Lumo BodyTech.

You can listen to that full episode here:

Final Thoughts

Everyone should have regular check-ins on their running form and work on problem areas.

The Lumo Run offers an easy (and relatively inexpensive) way to get quantitative data on form strengths and weaknesses, and the coaching features allow you to immediately take action and set goals for how to improve upon any inefficiencies.

 

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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