How to Deal with Tight Muscles During a Run

Have you ever been out for a run and found yourself struggling through hip flexor tighness, tight calves, or tight muscles elsewhere? I have a trick for you to deal with the tightness effectively while you’re out on your run, without needing a foam roller, a massage therapist, or any other equipment you’re not likely … Read more

Priscah Jeptoo Running Form Analysis

In case you haven’t heard, Priscah Jeptoo just won the New York City marathon and thereby the World Marathon Majors as well. She also won the London marathon this past April, and that’s just the marathons she’s won this year, never mind other distances, other years, and other positions on the podium. In case you … Read more

The Elephant in the Room

Let’s talk, again, about pelvic stability. I’ve been reading and really enjoying Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry, but rather than unnecessarily re-iterate all the valuable and insightful recommendations he gives (just go read the book!) I’m going to comment on my point of disagreement with him – namely pelvic or core stabilisation — since … Read more

How To Tell If You Overstride

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether you're overstriding.

One of the questions we hear all the time from runners is, “Am I overstriding? I’m not sure what I’m actually doing when I run.” Reading about running form, watching YouTube videos, and so forth may help you become well-informed about running but it doesn’t improve your ability to feel your own body and know … Read more

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

Talking About Barefoot Running on the BBC Scotland

A few days ago I appeared on the BBC Scotland’s radio show MacAulay and Co. along with Colin McPhail, owner of Edinburgh’s Footworks running store and organizer of the Scottish Barefoot Run and Conference.  We were invited to talk about barefoot running and the upcoming event, and while I was expecting some wry comments from Fred … Read more

“What’s Your Opinion on Barefoot Running” ebook coming soon!

Jae Gruenke, GCFP

Welcome!  Please join my email list (link to the right) to be notified when my free ebook, What’s Your Opinion on Barefoot Running, becomes available.  The projected release date is Friday 20 September. Meanwhile please enjoy the blog posts here, videos on our YouTube Channel, and articles and resources on the rest of our site. I’ll … Read more

How to Run Downhill

It’s one of the hardest kinds of running. You may think running up the hill was tough, pumping your arms, shortening your strides, and breathing hard. But what’s tough about uphill running is the level of effort, which is the kind of challenge one accepts in exercise. You expect to have to put in a … Read more

Is Your Cross-Training Good For Your Running?

Is yoga good for runners?

It’s rare for us to have a client who doesn’t cross-train. Most runners do something in addition to running, whether it’s yoga or Pilates, kettlebells, working out with a trainer, or even just going for a swim once a week. Sometimes these cross-training activities are beneficial and sometimes they interfere with healthy, enjoyable running. So … Read more

How to tell if your pain is normal or a sign of 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