How to Run Faster

Learning how to run faster is about skill, not just training.

Running faster means running differently. Form changes with speed. Ideally those changes will happen automatically, but sometimes runners have no idea how to run faster other than training harder. When a runner doesn’t know how to let the necessary changes happen to their form they waste energy fighting themselves. A lot of runners keep running … Read more

How to Fix Your Hip Flexors

Maybe they’re tight, maybe you’ve got a pull or strain, maybe they get really sore. Or maybe they don’t bother you at all but you’ve been told they’re the source of another problem such as back pain or plantar fasciitis. Whatever’s got you looking to solve a hip flexor problem, there’s something important you need … Read more

What Sitting Does to Your Running (Part Three)

The past two weeks I’ve covered the 2 major effects sitting in chairs has on your running. The first–trouble extending your hips sufficiently–is something a lot of runners are already aware of. But the second–trouble allowing your pelvis to tip appropriately side-to-side–is not only completely off everyone’s radar as a problem, but in fact isn’t … Read more

What Sitting Does to Your Running (Part Two)

Nothing you do in your life affects your running as powerfully as spending eight or more hours a day sitting. Last week I explained the effect of sitting on the hip joints–an effect fairly well known already. This week it’s time to look at an effect that’s on almost no one’s radar. The Effect of … Read more

What Sitting Does To Your Running

You’ve probably heard that prolonged sitting is unhealthy, raising your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases. However sitting is particularly bad for runners in two specific ways. And for some reason, no one is talking about one of them. The Effect of Sitting on Your Glutes and Hip Flexors The first and better-known … Read more

Are you taking Ibuprofen? The truth about inflammation for runners.

Are you taking Ibuprofen? The truth about inflammation for runners.

Running injuries usually involve inflammation, right? Over our years working one-to-one with clients we’ve found that injured runners often make mistakes in dealing with that inflammation in their efforts to avoid pain and heal more quickly. One of the most common mistakes is to take NSAIDs (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, naprosin, acetaminophen, or … Read more

How to Fix Achilles Tendinitis, Tendinosis, or Tendinopathy

The back of your ankle is sore to the touch, you hobble in your first few steps after sitting, and maybe your achilles tendon hurts when you run too. Back when I had this problem as a young dancer, I felt like a small mouse had sunk its teeth into each of my achilles and was hanging on there … Read more

How You Should Swing Your Arms When Running | The Balanced Runner Keys Series

These runners are a great example of how you should swing your arms when running.

How you should swing your arms tends to be an afterthought when running. You probably think of things like footstrike, core, posture, cadence, and so forth instead. That’s a mistake, since your running form is a whole-body cycle of events driven by your relationship to gravity. And in gravity, the higher up in your body … Read more

The Balanced Runner Keys Series: Core Stability and Running–Get Your Core in Action!

core stability for running should really be called "core action" because it's the movements of the core that are important

If you’ve given even a moment’s thought to your running form in the past two decades, it was probably either to your footstrike or to your core.  My previous two posts in this series on The Balanced Runner Keys addressed the issue of footstrike; now it’s time to talk about core stability and running. The … Read more