Or, "How to run better and play like a kid at the same time"
I was out working with a client today. This of course means different things with different people. In this case we were working on his running.
It was a fine autumn day here in West Michigan with the parks and most of the streets and sidewalks covered in leaves. As it happens, a leaf covered running trail is a wonderful thing for improving one's stride. All you have to do is run through them and listen. You will be able to hear if you are dragging your feet, or any number of things that will mess with good stride.
Then all you have to do is try to run more quietly. The quietest stride will be the one where you pick up your feet and land them directly under your center of mass. So when you are running (or walking for that matter) with just the light crunching sound of compressing directly down on the leaves without any of the scuffing sounds, your stride will be very good.
Also, it's just fun to run through autumn leaves.
Give it a try next time you're out.
Here's a little running music, "The Hunt" from Azam Ali and Niyaz.