Boston Marathon 2022 Running Form Analysis: Jepchirchir, Yeshaneh, Jepkosgei, Seidel, Chebet, Cherono

Jepchirchir, Yeshaneh, and Jepkosgei in the 2022 Boston Marathon

As Peres Jepchirchir and Ababel Yeshaneh raced towards the finish line of the 2022 Boston Marathon, one of the announcers observed Jepchirchir’s form looked, “like she’s about to fall over.” A short time later she left Yeshaneh behind for the last time and broke the tape. So did Jepchirchir win despite her form or because … Read more

Are You Able to Run?

two people who are able to run down the street just because they feel like it

For many of us, whether we’re able to run is just a question about how we like to get our exercise. Are you a runner or are you the type who does yoga daily and says with a laugh that you only run, “If something’s chasing me.” For others, though, running is a fundamental job … Read more

Running Speed Hack

a runner can get an instant boost of speed by using this trick

Here’s a simple trick you can do to pick up the pace, especially when you want to run faster but your body just somehow isn’t responding. I’m not a big fan of tricks and hacks. I want you to learn deeply and be transformed. But tricks do have their place, especially for a runner committed … Read more

How to Tell if Your Pain Is a Running Injury

does this runner have an injury?

In our popular YouTube video, my colleague Julia Pak says: “Never run through pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong with the way you run. If running hurts, it’s time to start looking into changing your form gradually.” In the very lively comments section for this video, runner after … Read more

Do You Know How to Walk Properly? (or how walking is different from running)

If you can carry a basket on your head, you know how to walk properly!

Once my clients feel happy with their running it sometimes dawns on them that they don’t know how to walk properly. Trying to apply what they’ve learned about running to walking just confuses them as what felt so right in running ends up feeling strange and wrong for walking. That’s because there are some significant … Read more

Stability for Runners – Why 26 Bones?

stability for runners has been recommended for both feet and core

The stability vs. mobility question is fundamental for any runner who wants to feel better and run smoothly. The two main areas of your body where runners are told to be concerned with stability are: the feet, where you might be advised to wear stability shoes and/or orthotics the midsection, where you might be advised … Read more

How to Fix Your IT Bands

Hobble into any doctor’s office with pain on the outside of your knee and you’re likely to hobble back out with a diagnosis of Iliotibial Band Syndrome, or ITBS. In short order you’ll have a foam roller, a new set of orthotics, and some physical therapy sessions or Pilates classes. The situation might seem dire, … Read more

Why It’s Actually Good that You Can’t Fix Your Running Injury

Lately as I’ve interviewed runners who want to work with me, I’ve heard a lot of stories that end with the phrase “…and then, WHAM!” It’s a funny, not-so-funny coincidence. Here’s how the stories go. They tell me things started to go wrong with their running but they could kind of manage it. For instance … Read more

How to Run on Ice (and avoid blisters in heat!)

Penguins demonstrate how to run on ice without slipping

If you want to learn how to run on ice, you need only look at a bipedal species that’s adapted to icy environments: the penguin. Yes, I know you were hoping to run faster than this famously slow bird, but by applying a key technique that penguins use for good traction, you can run much … Read more

Why Treadmill TV Watching is a Bad Idea

It's tempting to watch TV on the treadmill but it's a bad idea.

The responses to my last two posts on how to run well on a treadmill have made it clear that runners of all kinds and levels agree on one thing: running on a treadmill is incredibly boring. Hence the temptation to make treadmill running your TV time. I totally understand that temptation, but I’m here … Read more