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!

Running technique Part IV

2007-09-28: In this final detailed post in our Running Technique series, we discuss some aspects of technique that may be beneficial, and where you should spend…

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A personal experience with Pose

2007-09-27: This has been a fantastic series and has generated many comments and much debate. We suspect this is because when you talk about something as…

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Running technique Part III

2007-09-27: What happens when running technique is taught? People assuming that it can improve performance and reduce injury risk, but the evidence is less clear. We…

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Running technique Part II

2007-09-26: In Part 2 of a series on running technique, we look at the biomechanical basis for Pose running, and contrast it to barefoot, Chi running…

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Running technique Part I

2007-09-25: An introduction to running technique, covering the promises made by Pose and Chi, as we build the picture around what the science says about the…

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Running technique – is there a ‘right’ way to run?

2007-09-24: We begin a series of articles looking at the science of running technique - is there a right way to run? This introduction sets the…

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