Running Articles

Pose Running and “The Science”

Pose running technique has a very specific standard derived from an underlying theory of movement. To the best of my knowledge, Pose is the only running technique that has a standard or for that matter is based on a specific theory of movement. All other running techniques I’m familiar with are based on disjointed rules-of-thumb, with no unifying concept.

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Mileage in Running

Each organism has its own limit of energy, which is mostly predetermined by its genetics.

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The Real Paradox of the Extensor Paradox

Considering the running motion, we already know that maximum quadriceps muscle activity occurs at the transition between knee flexion and extension and coincides with maximum vertical ground reaction force. After this, knee extensor muscle activity starts to diminish and ends almost entirely just as leg extension begins. So as the leg is rapidly extending, the… Read more

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Proper body alignment in running

Alignment happens from feet to your head. Starting from the feet, your body should be aligned along the vertical line up to the top of your head.

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Analysis of Usain Bolt’s running technique

If Bolt manages to increase his average step frequency of running to the level of his rivals, just to something around 4.5 steps per second (270 steps per minute) having the same average angle of falling, his result on 100m could be 9.11 seconds. Isn’t it impressive? But he, so far, is dreaming “only” about 9.4 seconds!

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Strength training in running

While the question ‘do we need strength in running?’ is not a question anymore, the question, ‘what kind of strength do we need there?’ is still unclear. That is why I would like to discuss this topic in a short description of the logic of strength exercise use in running. It is no secret that… Read more

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To drill or not to drill?

An interesting question, isn’t it? On the one hand, as we all know, everyone who learns something is doing it through drills – in swimming, tennis, golf, etc. On the other hand, it is boring stuff, especially in running, where our common sense doesn’t even speak of drilling at all. In running we just run… or do we?

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Good form in sprinting

The element of running in a form of sprinting, dashing, maneuvering is part of virtually all sports and athletic activities, just look at American football, soccer, basketball just to name a few. Your technique must be close to perfect and you must be focused because you will only have a fraction of a second or a few seconds at the most to make a difference.

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Improve balance to increase speed

In general, better balance translates into a more coordinated effort and higher precision of movement regardless of sport, so working on balance should be an important part of any good training regimen for any athlete. But how does our balance affect our speed? Read this article to find out.

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Calf soreness

Calf soreness is a rather common occurrence but not a standard one by any means. Some get it and others don’t. It often appears at the beginning of the learning process in the Pose Method of running and ‘bothers’ the runner for around 2 weeks while he or she is adapting to the new neuromuscular… Read more

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Stride length and range of motion

Understanding the difference between stride length and range of motion continues to be an area of confusion that has been difficult for many of my students to overcome. All too often in my clinics, I find that I need to keep coming back to this point, to clarify the biomechanical and psychological differences between these two properties.

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Pose Method® for Senior Runners

This is a rather popular topic on our website. I understand it completely because I had lots of experience with this particular age group during my personal training work. At a certain age the necessity to change the lifestyle becomes urgent, because the previous sedentary way of life brings so many negative consequences that they force you to start doing something about it.

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Running technique for everyone: from overweight to average

Common vision of running as a difficult and almost impossible physical exercise for overweight people, which could crush their bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, is unfortunately confirmed by reality. Regardless of the obvious benefits running could bring to the cardio-respiratory system and consequently improve overall health, the possibility of serious injury during running scares away… Read more

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Keeping good form for middle distance

As mentioned in another article, from the Pose Method point of view, running technique is identical for any running distance. It is the training that differs, not how we actually change support from foot to foot. The world of middle distance exists in a contained environment of the running track. Much like long distance running,… Read more

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What is good running form?

In running, more so than in other sports, the opinions on proper technique vary, but there is a more or less unanimous take on what represents good form. That strange disconnect between these two very connected things promotes erroneous ideas and further confusion since it takes correct technique to produce good form. What are the… Read more

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Form and technique in athletics

Form and technique are directly connected. One is a product, result, of the other. You have to first learn how to (technique) to do it (athletic form) in order to make it happen (proper athletic form). Technique is a skill of doing. We produce good form when we skillfully do something. For example, we produce… Read more

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Muscle elasticity

What is muscle elasticity? If you were to stretch a muscle you would see it shrink back a bit. In plain words, it’s a natural ability to recover to original form upon the removal of the force initially applied. In physical activity it is the ability of muscles to perform work, specifically, to contract rapidly… Read more

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Stride frequency

Stride frequency is one of the most important parameters of running technique. Why is stride frequency so important? Why do we pay so much attention to this running parameter? The frequency of our strides in running is really nothing more than the rate at which we change support from one foot to the next. When… Read more

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The Pose – how it works

As mentioned in another article, when moving, our body goes through an infinite number of poses in space and time. Among the multitude of those poses there are those that play an essential role in forming our movement as a whole. Those poses are referred to as ‘key poses’, as Dr. Romanov named them, because… Read more

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(Beginner) runner: gear check

Always remember that after everything is said and done it’s not the equipment it’s the skill of the operator that saves the day.

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Going barefoot has its benefits

And there are many. It will help you improve coordination, balance, perception, it will help you develop the foot muscles neglected and virtually atrophied due to wearing traditional shoes. The health of our feet is vital. A minor deviation could negatively reverberate through the entire body inside and out. Our feet are also indicators of… Read more

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Basic skills of running

If you’re just starting up with running – you should start by working on this set of basic skills first. If you’ve been involved in this sport for a while but haven’t had a chance or the desire to learn these – you should seriously reconsider your approach to your own well-being. Running done wrong… Read more

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The midfoot strike in running

There are three common ways of describing how the foot lands in running – on forefoot, flatfoot or the heel. The term “mid-foot” is a rather recent addition to the running jargon. It gained a certain level of popularity because it’s description sounds plausible and promises to relieve runners from all sorts of maladies when… Read more

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Running Zigzag – technical skill

Here’s a way of running that is on another level. Running in a zigzag pattern is sprinting with an abrupt change of direction. This approach is used most prominently in team sports like American football, soccer, basketball, etc. when the athletes need to maneuver to avoid other players. This year it was part of a… Read more

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Ground Reaction Force and how to use it

What is Ground Reaction Force (GRF)? Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” According to that, when we walk or run, every time our foot lands, there is what is called a ‘Ground Reaction Force’ produced. Some go as far as to claim that “the… Read more

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The Extensor Paradox in running

The original article below on the topic at hand, was published in Biomechanics of Distance Running in 1990. As you read the data and conclusions from this research you’ll see that the running  scientific community was not ready to accept the idea of the role of gravity as a leading force in running. A classical… Read more

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Do we know how to run?

Does the above question make any sense to anyone who is involved in running? Isn’t running a natural, simple and accessible for most people exercise for health, pleasure and competition? Is there anything wrong with this picture? By the latest statistical data, there are about 33.6 million people only in the US, including people running… Read more

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