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!
- Are your shoes the CAUSE, rather than the solution of injuries?
- Running injury - Shoe or training? A debate with missing information on shoes
- Barefoot vs. shoes: Biomechanics and important concepts
- The running shoe industry: Where will we be in 10 years' time?
- The footstrike: How should your foot be landing – midfoot vs. heel vs. forefoot striking
- Running shoes vs Barefoot running Q & A Part I
- Running shoes vs Barefoot running Q & A Part II
- Running shoes vs Barefoot running Q & A Part III
- Running shoes vs Barefoot running Q & A Part IV
- Running shoes vs Barefoot running Q & A Part V
- Barefoot running and injuries – a stimulus plan for therapists?
- Also, see the category: Running Shoes
- Running technique – is there a ‘right’ way to run?
- The Philosophy of how we run
- Biomechanical discussion and evaluation of Pose Running
- The scientific study on Pose running - what did it show?
- The second Pose study - effect of Pose on running economy
- Some suggested changes YOU can make to your running technique
- The marketing of running technique
- Also, see the category: Running Technique