Running technique

If you want to create a debate that can easily turn into an argument with a group of runners, then bringing up running technique is a good place to start! Naturally, every runner, regardless of level or experience, has experience and an opinion on the “perfect running technique”.

What has contributed to this issue in recent times is the availability of a wealth of information and “expert advice” on technique, from people who want to sell you shoes, to those you will sell you “style” if you give them enough money and six months of your running! Never before has there been such an emphasis on changing your technique for “better” running. That word – “better” – is never quite defined, and nor has it ever been scientifically tested. So when it comes to the one of the hottest topics among runners, one is limited to anecdotes and (often grand) theories.

Below are some posts we’ve done looking at the subject!

2016 publications: From the armchair to the site, via these journals

2016-10-18: Much of what you read here on this site is my attempt to translate the research I'm interested in, and which can be applied to…

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Running technique: The Footstrike

2008-04-01: I’ve finally gotten around to this post, which is probably two weeks in the making, and it follows on from our recent series on running…

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Running technique

2008-01-01: If you want to create a debate that can easily turn into an argument with a group of runners, then bringing up running technique is…

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Running Economy Part III

2007-12-14: Today sees the third and concluding part of our series on Running Economy. It’s been a whistle stop tour of a complex subject. We have…

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Running Economy Part II

2007-12-11: Today sees Part II of our series on Running Economy. After spending the first two posts and discussing the , today we move onto some…

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Running Economy Part I

2007-12-07: we introduced a new series, Running Economy, inspired by this study, which was published just last week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. It…

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Running Economy Introduction

2007-12-06: Well, a provocative headline for sure, but that’s pretty much what a SCIENTIFIC study has suggested after measuring the oxygen consumption and running economy of…

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Pose Running reduces running economy

2007-10-30: About 4 weeks ago, we ran a , evaluating the Pose and Chi methods for running. In that series, we looked at: That was an…

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Running techniques – the same as Medical Products?

2007-09-28: Running techniques have been "packaged" and sold as products, not dissimilar to medicines. But they don't have the evidence, nor the safety guidelines that…

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