Test Your BRIQ: Which of These People Isn’t Really Running?

Test your running form knowledge

Quiz time! Test your Balanced Runner IQ by studying these pictures and sharing in the comments which of the “runners” isn’t really running. Be sure to explain why you think so! I’ll reveal the answer in next week’s email, so if you’re not currently getting the Sunday emails, sign up here to get the answer. … Read more

Letesenbet Gidey’s 5K World Record–Running Form Analysis

Letesenbet Gidey 5k world record

“…She runs like a dragonfly hovering above lily pads on a lake,” was how someone described Letesenbet Gidey’s running form to me on Twitter. He wanted to know the specifics that create that impression:  was there something about Gidey’s beautiful form that was an asset to her successful attempt to set a new 5K world … Read more

The Wrong Time to Work on Your Running Form

the wrong time to work on your running form is while you're actually running

The top question I get from my students and clients when I teach something about running form is, “Should I be thinking about this when I’m running?” The answer is NO. While you’re actually running is the wrong time to work on your running form or technique. The reasons are numerous, but here are some … Read more

How to Fix a Wide Armswing

runner who needs to fix a wide armswing

Armswing can be surprisingly difficult to fix, but when you do it right you’ll get a much bigger improvement in your performance than you probably expected. That’s because if there’s something going wrong with your armswing–such as a large, energy-wasting, and even flailing kind of action–it’s actually the result of a problem elsewhere in your … Read more

London Marathon 2020: Kosgei, Hall, Chepng’etich, Kitata, Kipchumba, Kipchoge

Sara Hall passes Ruth Chepng'etich London 2020

What a joy to watch a marathon again. Let’s just dive right in and look at the different movement strategies the runners used and how this related to their performances. As interesting as it is to watch any individual athlete, it’s in comparing athletes that you really see how they’re running. Brigid Kosgei and Ruth … Read more

How to Keep Your Elbows from Sticking Out When You Run

How to Keep Your Elbows from Sticking Out When You Run

“Don’t stick your elbows out” is pretty common running form advice, and yet it’s a real struggle to follow. This blog post and video will sort it out completely for you. There are two ways to keep your elbows close to your sides in running, which I explain and demonstrate in the video below. The … Read more

Why That Callus Is a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Admittedly calluses are not among the most feared running injuries. But they can be annoying and give you the sneaking suspicion that there’s something wrong. That suspicion is correct. Ditto for blisters. It’s true that sometimes you can get blisters or–longer term–calluses from poorly fitting shoes. But if this is a persistent problem for you … Read more

Do You Have a Foot that Turns Inwards?

Having one foot toe in when you run isn’t on many people’s radar as a problem, but in my experience it’s connected with more pain and injury than a foot that turns outwards. In fact, chances are good that you have one of each and you’re totally focused on the outwards-pointing “duck footed” one. But … Read more

Does It Matter If Your Foot Points Out When You Run?

There are four main effects of having a foot turned outward when you run… but that doesn’t always mean you must fix it. Over the years I’ve had many clients with one or both feet pointing out. In most cases we’ve been able to improve that, but in some it’s simply structural–the way the bones … Read more

Why Can’t You Lean Forward When You Run?

If you know you should be leaning forward but you just can’t seem to make it happen, you’re not alone! There are a lot of reasons why you may be struggling with your lean: tight calves, stiff core, not knowing what to do with your head…but a common factor that goes overlooked is short, tight … Read more