How to Hack Your Running

By Jae Gruenke | Interviews

Jan 26

“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 for creative problem solving. That’s where the idea of a “hack” is not such a bad one. It can be a simple, creative solution for a stubborn problem.

That’s why it was fun for me to talk with health hacker TJ Anderson on his Elevate Your State podcast.

We talked through a vast swath of my simplest, most practical recommendations for runners, from how to use your heart rate monitor to put your running form tweaks to the test, to how to assess whether your foam rolling or other myofascial work is helping or backfiring, to how to safely make the transition to more minimalist footwear.

TJ even coaxed me into talking a bit about my own running and morning routine, and linked to my non-negotiable morning tea in his show notes. 🙂

Check out the podcast here, and take a look at the other great interviews he’s done as well. It goes without saying that your running depends on your overall health, and honestly most runners would do well to be a bit more proactive in this department. TJ’s got the tools for you.

P.S. In the interview I recommend people start with my Mind Your Running Challenge. If you haven’t done it yet, sign up here. It’s totally free


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About the Author

Jae Gruenke, GCFP, is a running technique expert and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Known as a “running form guru,” she is the Founder and CEO of The Balanced Runner™ in New York City and The Balanced Runner UK. She has helped runners from beginner to Olympian improve their form to become pain-free, economical, and fast.

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