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

What to Do When Your Running Technique Won’t Improve

The magazines, your coach or physio, a multitude of books and, yes, even bloggers are telling you your problems will be solved by improving your running technique. You’ll be faster, you won’t be injured as much, and you’ll become the runner you dream of being. Maybe you feel yourself moving in the right direction, slow … Read more

Should You Increase Your Stride Rate?

One of the generally accepted elements of good running technique these days is cultivating a stride rate of 180 or above (meaning your feet touch the ground 180 or more times per minute). For a number of years I have recommended this as well. However a few clues have recently begun to suggest something different to me, and this month … Read more

How to Breathe When You Run – Part 1

This post is part of the The Balanced Runner Keys series. Many runners feel instinctively that breathing is at the crux of their struggles with running and have pressing questions about how to do it. This instinct is right on the mark: how you breathe when you run affects your ability to find a flowing … Read more

The Balanced Runner Keys Series: Keep your Hands Close to your Heart

This post is part of the The Balanced Runner Keys series. Distance running arm swing tends to be an afterthought — you probably think of it after your footstrike, your core, your posture, your cadence, and so forth. That’s a mistake, since your running form is a whole-body cycle of events driven by your relationship … Read more