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 makes a great start to a series that we’ll build on next week, looking at the importance of running economy to performance. We must of course make the disclaimer that […]
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!
[headline h=2]Zersenay Tadese – the most economical runner in history?[/headline] 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 the World Cross Country and Half Marathon champion recently! The study, published just the other day in the British Journal […]
About 4 weeks ago, we ran a , evaluating the Pose and Chi methods for running. In that series, we looked at: That was an epic series (to write and to read, no doubt!), but basically our conclusions were: Of course, there are people for whom Pose or Chi will definitely work, and we say […]
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 medicines do, so beware the advocates of wholesale changes and miracle cures! The post explains why
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 your energies worrying about technique