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 the real world, in a way that makes it more “palatable” to you. This post, however, summarizes some of the “source” research, the scientific articles that I’ve had published in the last 12 months, for those wanting to see the academic side of the discussions we have.
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!
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 shoes. That series began by looking at whether , and then evolved into a discussion of . Twenty years ago, it was all about motion-control shoes preventing overpronation to prevent […]
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 […]
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 no doubt that we’ll be returning to the topic in time, because it has major implications for how we understand fatigue and performance, but for now, we stuck to the […]
Today sees Part II of our series on Running Economy. After spending the first two posts and discussing the , today we move onto some fundamental concepts of running economy – the physiology and biomechanics of running economy explained (partly, we hope!) I say “fundamental” with some caution, because the more one digs into this […]