Drafting to Reduce Drag: the Effects of Air Resistance on Runners

runner in a headwind behind blowing grasses

Alex Hutchinson recently wrote about a study showing significant benefits from drafting behind other runners to reduce drag, or air resistance in a marathon. In a real-world situation it would amount to a savings of somewhere between 3-4 minutes due to less energy spent pushing yourself forwards–whether you’re Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei, or simply a … 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

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 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

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

Are you leaning correctly when you run?

Are any of these runners leaning correctly?

Runners need to lean forward when they run. I’ve written before why that is; it’s also a cornerstone of ChiRunning, Pose Technique, and many other running technique methods. But how do you tell if you’re leaning too much, leaning too little, or leaning correctly when you run? For most runners, learning how to lean at all is … Read more