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Abs were the focus of my analysis of the finish of the men’s race in Boston, and it turns out they’re also a key point of interest in the women’s race in the 2019 London marathon. I’ve written about Brigid Kosgei, the women’s winner, a couple of times before. In Chicago 2018 I said she […]
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Footstrike, armswing, how they won and why they didn’t–here’s the running form version of the 2019 Boston Marathon story. The Women Worknesh Degefa, women’s winner in Boston, has a powerful style despite the quirks of her armswing. Check out this video of her finish: From the front you can see that her elbows are bent […]
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Lately as I’ve interviewed runners who want to work with me, I’ve heard a lot of stories that end with the phrase “…and then, WHAM!” It’s a funny, not-so-funny coincidence. Here’s how the stories go. They tell me things started to go wrong with their running but they could kind of manage it. For instance […]
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The response to my last two posts on how to run well on a treadmill have made it clear that runners of all kinds and levels agree on one thing: running on a treadmill is incredibly boring. Hence the temptation to watch TV or something on your phone or tablet. I totally understand that temptation, […]
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In the last post I explained why treadmill running can feel so unnatural and what good treadmill running form looks like. But there’s more you need to know! So let’s dive deep into the biggest difference between the treadmill and solid ground: the lack of air resistance. The standard advice about it is bad for […]
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It’s much harder to have good running form on a treadmill than on solid ground. The lack of wind resistance changes your muscular effort and balance, the console and handrails interfere with your movement, the visual, auditory, and vestibular sensory signals don’t match up with your movement, the TV is distracting, and the threat of […]
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Today I have just a few thoughts for you about the running form in the elite field in the 2018 Chicago marathon. Mo Farah’s form showed a few interesting changes from past races, Brigid Kosgei’s form is definitely worth a look…and adopting it would make a real difference for Gwen Jorgensen. Footage of the race […]
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It seems I moved from Germany to California two months too soon. Had I still been there on September 16, 2018, I would have been out on the streets cheering Eliud Kipchoge on and capturing some high-speed video as he set a new world record of 2:01:39. Since I was in California instead and, I […]
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The past two weeks I’ve covered the 2 major effects sitting in chairs has on your running. The first–trouble extending your hips sufficiently–is something a lot of runners are already aware of. But the second–trouble allowing your pelvis to tip appropriately side-to-side–is not only completely off everyone’s radar as a problem, but in fact isn’t […]
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Nothing you do in your life affects your running as powerfully as spending eight or more hours a day sitting. Last week I explained the effect of sitting on the hip joints–an effect fairly well known already. This week it’s time to look at an effect that’s on almost no one’s radar. The Effect of […]

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