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 close to people as their running, it is bound to strike a nerve! Running is a personal experience, and most of you probably run because of the vast benefits it […]
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!
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 look at that evidence, and the risks associated with forcing technique onto runners
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 and known biomechanical principles for running. Is natural better?
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 optimal way to run
We begin a series of articles looking at the science of running technique – is there a right way to run? This introduction sets the scene for upcoming posts with more detail