My own testimonial: Prior to my Ultra Running career I was injured any time I tried to exceed 25 miles a week. That was my upper limit. And it wasn’t until I received instruction on how to use my body when running did I start to enjoy the ability to run more and not be plagued by injury and layoffs and the disappointment that accompanied these. The idea of “how to use my body” was unique when I first heard about it in conjunction with Running Form improvement. Now having studied the body and worked as a Physical Therapist for thirty years, and having myself been coached from the perspective of “learning and improving” in form, endurance and performance, I have gained a personal and professional appreciation of the “How” we learn to improve our movement skills. I bring this understanding into all my work with Runners, Running Form and Technique.
Running From the Core
This is perhaps the most important skill to learn and also the least understood in terms of implementation. How this is generally approached is to strengthen muscles associated with the lower abdominal and pelvic region of the body. Lots of planks, squats, and a variety of other methods of muscle strengthening. Then when we go to run we might study a little about foot-strike, and stride mechanics and hope for the best.
What isn’t addressed and understood by this model is how “do we learn to direct ourselves” so that our body works harmoniously, all parts contributing their necessary effort to the “whole running body”, with no extra effort. Nothing blocked, rigid, or turned off.