Coming off the Curve Workout
by Steve McGill

For 300/400m hurdlers, the trickiest part of the race often is the last hurdle on the curve – hurdle five for 300m hurdlers and hurdle 8 for 400m hurdlers. The difficulty lies in the fact that fatigue has become a factor by this point in the race, so the stride pattern established in the first half of the race is becoming difficult to maintain. Also, because the final straightaway is right there after you land, there’s a natural tendency to start sprinting toward the next hurdle prior to completing clearance of the hurdle, causing the body to twist in the air, creating an awkward landing.

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