You can feel that way again.
In fact, you can make it your usual way of running.
You may be currently struggling with an injury, or just a “niggle” or regular ache.
Or you may feel fine when running but have a stiff knee or achilles afterwards.
Or you may be frustrated that no matter how hard you train, you still feel like you’re struggling along while other runners sail past you. And you wonder how come training doesn’t make you the kind of runner who seems to sail.
Imagine instead that when you run your body feels smooth, flowing, and free of unwanted tension.
Imagine you feel equally comfortable post-run, easily able to break into a jog to catch a bus or play with your children, comfortable moving and at rest, and also comfortable when you get out of bed the next morning.
And imagine a way of running faster that doesn’t take much extra work — in fact it feels nearly effortless, as if you always have a tailwind.
This may seem like a fantasy, but those runners who seem to sail, those “gazelles” who make it look graceful and effortless, do know something special, and you can learn it too.
For more than a decade I’ve been helping runners from beginner to Olympian learn to work with their bodies so that running feels the way it was meant to.
I’ve distilled that experience into The Balanced Runner Online Running Technique Camp, which uses the Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education to help you not only understand what you need to do to run well, but actually feel how to do it.
I had the good fortune of meeting Jae while I was giving a lecture at a race in NYC. She impressed me with her incredible knowledge of how people run and the ease with which she could determine a fault in someone’s running form. I had her work with my wife, 3x Olympian Jen Rhines, and it was incredible to see how much more efficient Jae could make Jen’s stride be with just a few sessions. Jen worked with Jae consistently over the next two months and went on to win 2 national championships.”
Terrence Mahon, High Performance Program Coach, Boston Athletic Association
Many of the features of modern life — particularly how much we sit in chairs and work on computers — directly interfere with the movement capacities needed to run. Growing up wearing overdesigned, poorly researched shoes for running and daily life, recovering incompletely from accidents and injuries, and perhaps not having had as much physical play and exploration as we needed through our childhoods all make it very common to have difficulty running well, comfortably, and fast.
You’re not alone!
The problem is, even if you read every issue of Runners’ World, you won’t find what I’m teaching there. The most important things about running technique are rarely mentioned in the mainstream running press.
And when they are, they’re either explained incoherently or dimissed as wrong.
And even if you’re a big running biomechanics junkie who reads all the books and research studies and has had video analysis from multiple experts, having an intellectual knowledge of how to run and being able to actually feel how to do it are two entirely different things… as you’ve probably already discovered.
As a Feldenkrais practitioner, I’m trained in how to create learning experiences that activate our natural ability to learn. Have you ever envied how quickly a child picks up a new skill? The Feldenkrais Method allows you to access that ability.
Years ago, when I tried to learn how to run and found little help in the mainstream running press or from the sports science community, I was inspired to create The Balanced Runner™ to share correct information via an effective teaching methodology. And that, refined by 14 years of professional practice, is what you’ll find in this camp.
A runner could closely observe their own running, read a lot about running technique and biomechanics, and do a lot of general-purpose Feldenkrais lessons, and their running would get better and better over the course of years.
In a way, that’s what I did. It took quite awhile, however, which is why I’ve created this very targeted camp — to give you exactly what you need, in a tested sequence, with my expert support.
It will take 7 weeks from beginning to end–six weeks of material plus a catch-up week in the middle–and that may seem like a long time. But most runners are injured at some point in every year and lose running/training time to the injury and recovery — often much more than six weeks! And at the end of that process they find themselves still just struggling to get back to where they were before they got injured.
Whereas the six weeks you invest in this camp will start paying off in the very first week and continue moving you ahead of where you are for the forseeable future.
I could’ve cried on my run today. I knew I was strong, but running has felt so hard anyway. Today it felt like I could run forever. I could really feel the power in my body helping me to run. So thank you, Jae! You have changed my life. I look forward to keeping up with the lessons and getting better and better and running with more ease, and less pain! I can’t say thank you enough.
Lisa K., camp participant
The Balanced Runner Online Camp is built around recorded audio Feldenkrais lessons released weekly so you can have an immersive learning experience that fits your schedule. The lessons move you in a structured way through all the key elements of running technique so by the end you have mastered them. I’ve tested these lessons and sequences for more than a decade and made sure they work for every runner. Here’s what you’ll learn week-by-week:
Week 1: learn the core action and how it helps your legs work better and reduces stress. This lesson usually is enough all by itself to relieve runners’ knee, or patellofemoral syndrome.
Week 2: learn how to use gravity to make your running easier rather than uncomfortable and damaging by harnessing the energy of ground reaction force. You’ll discover how to take the stress off your feet, calves, and knees by using the little-known relationship between your head and your glutes so the right muscles work when you run. This helps people with plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon problems, hamstring problems, and back problems.
Week 3: Learn to use the connection between your arms and your hips to more easily control your speed, reduce your impact, get rid of shoulder tension, and further improve your legs and back.
Week 4: Learn how to use your obliques and gluteus medius together with your shoulders and head to relieve IT band stress and resolve any lingering difficulties with your footstrike. This lesson usually puts an end to the stresses that cause IT band syndrome.
Week 5: This week brings the preceding four together and gives you a really practical way to set yourself up for a good run every time you go out.
Week 6: This week we take all the improvements you’ve made to the next level by working on something runners generally fail to prioritize: the armswing, upper spine, and head. In all my professional experience, I’ve learned that the biggest improvements in how a runner feels and performs come from the improvements they make in their technique high up in their bodies – counterintuitive but true!
In addition to these lessons, the camp includes webinars covering:
There are regular live Q&A calls, a private Facebook group where you can share your questions and get answers from me, and an option to have video running form analysis and 1:1 coaching from me for an extra charge.
When I joined the camp I was looking for a different, holistic way to make some small improvements to my running form. I had been running, a lot, for 22 years and although I had been almost injury free, I noticed that I was getting some small niggles and imbalances developing – hardly surprising really… The benefits I got, and am still getting, from the camp were profound, significant and ongoing. Jae’s kind teaching and gentle methods help to raise your self-awareness to such an extent that you can sort issues out yourself and you learn in such a way that you should be able to continue doing this for the rest of your running life… If you are even half considering one of Jae’s camps – go for it!
William Sichel, Ultra Distance Runner | 2014 World's Longest Race Finisher 3100 Miles/5000kms
If you yearn for running that feels smooth, comfortable, and healthy, The Balanced Runner Online Camp is perfect for you. Here’s what you’ll get:
This camp is for you if you feel you’re constantly dealing with one niggle or another but don’t have an outright injury that currently prevents you from running. (Injured runners are best served by individualized work, so I encourage you to come see me or someone who’s worked with me one-to-one for help sorting out your movement in that case.)
For further information on injuries, schedule, time commitment, and more please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.
GUARANTEE: I realize you have probably already spent a lot of money trying to solve your running problems, so I won’t ask you to risk losing any more. If you complete The Balanced Runner Online Camp and are not happy with how your running feels, contact me within 90 days of your purchase and I’ll give you a full refund. (If only your doctor offered that, right?)
What I’m offering in this camp is outside the box for runners. Way outside the box. Even though it’s well within our current state of scientific knowledge. While it’s more comfortable, in a way, to stay in the mainstream, the fact you’ve made it to the bottom of this page suggests you really want something new, something that can help your running feel the way you know in your heart it should.
Registration for the May 2017 camp is now closed.