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Good arm carriage is when your hand travels from chest height in the front to just behind the hips in the rear. If you do not swing your arms far enough, it will be difficult to move your hips through a complete range of motion and thus your stride will shorten.
If you arms are too far in front and behind you will overstride and thus a lack of efficiency.
If you arms are like a robot, then you can't rotate your hips and again you chop your stride.

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Note the vertical yellow line in the rightmost and leftmost images. The position of the hand should be over the ankle when it's in the foremost forward position of the stride. This contrasts the leftmost image where the overstriding leads to the hand position being in front of the ankle.

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