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Guilty as charged. I've always worked on improving my form. Not so much in my younger years when I just ran but as I got older I made an effort to clean up things. One of the biggest changes was going from a heavy heel striker to a mid-foot striker [15 years ago]. I also noticed my faster training partners had a faster tempo [turnover] and I began counting steps. In the last couple of years I've tried a couple more things; I started doing a lot of tread mill running and noticed how my trail foot swung out at an angle. By focusing on that I noticed in race pictures that it's straighter now. I can't say if that makes me more efficient but it looks more efficient. I also went from more of a shuffle stride to lifting my trial leg higher so that I when my leg [quad] was moving forward my lower leg was in a more efficient position. I've played around with this on the treadmill and it's more efficient. Also when I focus on this in races I almost always pull away from those around me w/o pushing the pace. Something I just started working on, though not for the 1st time, is not leaning back as much when I run. I'm wondering how much that may be affecting my hamstring cramping issues. So I'm working on more of a forward lean.
I do form drills and strides through out the year and agree that really helps clean things up in a more natural way.