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

Getting Off Grass (A Barefoot Runner Evolves)

I developed a risky addiction this summer: running barefoot on grass. Why risky? Because all sorts of nasty, dangerous things can hide in grass, only to be discovered when you step on them and start bleeding. It’s happened to me twice. So why have I nonetheless been doing it three times a week for the … Read more

The Problem with Posture

I was recently working with a group of middle distance runners and one of them told me he was having trouble “holding his form” when he got tired. He said he would try to keep his good posture but eventually it would fall apart. I explained to him that posture is an irrelevant concept in … Read more

Why Runners Should Not Do Pilates

Do you believe that, as a runner, you should have a tight core? That the sine qua non of good running form is tightening your core? I’d like to propose a different concept: The essence of good running form is directing force in the simplest possible line from foot through head. Since we have two … Read more

Starting in the Middle

Every time I go out for a run I come back with a blog post written in my head.  But it never seems like the right “first post.”  I feel like I ought to start right if I’m going to start, explaining who I am, what I believe, what background and training form the basis … Read more

Special Offer in Edinburgh: Free 15-minute Taster Consultation

To observe the end of International Feldenkrais Awareness Week I’m making 10 slots available for free 15-minute taster consultations at the Healthy Life Centre on Bread St. in Edinburgh. Email me at jae@balancedrunner.co.uk to book. Find more info in my Gumtree ad.

Happy Barefoot Running Day!

Sunday, May 5, 2013, is Barefoot Running Day!  To celebrate I have a gift for you: my free report for health and wellness professionals, Barefoot Running: Safe Transitioning and Healthy Biomechanics.  It covers the key elements of healthy natural running form — utterly essential for injury-free and enjoyable barefoot/minimalist running — as well as the … Read more