Run Cadence–Why You Should Leave Your Metronome at Home

When I ask a new client if there’s anything they’ve been trying to do with their running form, the most common answer is, “I’ve been working on my cadence,” or “I keep my stride rate at 180,” or something along those lines. I tell them not to worry about that any more. This usually surprises … Read more

The Balanced Runner Will Do Better

In this time of protest against the death of George Floyd and so many others, I am looking for ways I can be a better ally in the fight against racism. The death of Ahmaud Arbery haunts me in particular because he was a runner and part of the community I serve. I’ve been aware … Read more

Fix Tight Hip Flexors Instantly

You’re out on a run and begin to feel a tightness in the front of your hip joint. Steadily, step by step, it gets worse, until all you can think about is stopping to stretch it. If you do, though, you’ll only feel better for a little while. Then slowly but surely the tension and … Read more

Why You Have Forefoot Pain

Metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, or just an undiagnosed achiness under the ball of your foot just below your toes…this is one of those running injuries that can hang around for a long time. Most often, runners find they can keep running if they wear cushioned shoes, but there’s no denying it nags, niggles, and holds you … Read more

How to Run Faster

Running faster means running differently. Form changes with speed. Some of those changes will happen automatically. Sometimes, though, runners don’t know how to let them happen, and make extra effort fighting themselves or trying to keep running with the same form regardless of speed. This week in my Stuck-at-Home Running Form Tips I’ve been looking … Read more

Running in Place: Workouts for Runners in Lockdown

This week I got an email from a former client who’s quarantined in Spain, asking me for tips on running in place since he doesn’t have a treadmill. Here’s my best advice for anyone in that situation. There isn’t great carryover from running in place to actual running. In fact, the most important thing you … Read more

Learn How to Run

Get started right and you will avoid SO many problems later! These 4 steps are based on my nearly two decades of experience helping runners from beginner to Olympian improve their form to feel better and perform better. The internet abounds with advice, but this isn’t the usual set of tips for new runners–and it … Read more

Why Impact Is Your Friend (Video Interview)

A couple of days ago I had such a fun conversation with Dr. Heather Denniston on The Junk You Should Know Show about impact (and why it’s your friend, not your enemy), how to tell if your form is really getting better, the Feldenkrais Method, and my background and practice. Watch the interview below and … Read more

How to Hack Your Running

How to Hack Your Running

“Hack” is not my favorite word. I suspect many distance runners and other endurance athletes feel the same way. We know the greatest rewards come with patience, time, commitment, and consistent effort rather than looking for shortcuts. But for exactly those reasons, endurance athletes sometimes fall into the trap of substituting brute force and stubbornness … Read more

That First Step: What Every Runner Needs to Know

No matter what level of runner you are, chances are good that you don’t know how you start running. In fact, if you close your eyes right now and imagine starting to run, I bet you’ll find you’re not sure exactly what you do. One minute you’re walking or just standing still and the next … Read more