Nordic Running is closer to cross-country skiing (classic technique) than to Nordic Walking. According to the skiing terminology, we can define it as two-phase alternating cross-country skiing (classic technique) without ski. This means that each step is accompanied by simultaneous pole´s push-off made by the opposite arm (than the stance leg).
The push-off phase at running with poles is shorter both in time and space than it is at classic style cross-country skiing, or it can be compared to its middle phase (i.e. without moving the arms considerably in front of the body and behind it). The pole is planted approximately at the level of the opposite leg´s heel. The movement of the hand on the handle is slightly rolling – the grip is not fixed tightly or too loose.
The proper technique of Nordic Running – please see following Videos (normal and slow motion):
. 1. on the flat ground: 2. uphill:
. 3. downhill: 4. changes of direction:
. 5. on a hard surface: 6. barefoot: