The New Norm
Thanks to the worldwide resurgence of barefoot running and minimalist footwear, holistic approaches in physical therapy, sports medicine, and the coaching of natural running form are here to stay. More new advances have given us imaginative mobility/stability tests, clever corrective exercises, innovative apps containing analytical software, and wearable technology to track our every move. Yet we all struggle with recurring injuries and habits that curtail our progress from time to time.
Navigating Natural Running
We often hear the words “second nature” when a certain action is practiced and repeated for such a long time that it seems completely natural or inborn as in, “Running in the high mountains is second nature for someone like Kilian Jornet.” Don’t worry about it! Making your way on the winding path of running form change might seem complicated at first. But it starts to become second nature after only a few lessons!
Natural running connect humans of all ages around the world with ancient ancestors, and also connects the activity of running to how we do other things – insight into how running works also touches on how we crawl, walk, bend, lift, pull, throw and so forth. – Jae Gruenke
Our Running Fingerprint
Holistic movement principles honor the importance of the whole body and the interdependence of its parts. Viewed holistically, several factors go into shaping a person’s distinctive running style. They include training, nutrition, psychology, and genetics (and the total impression they create).
We all conform to a common blueprint but we learn to run in ways that accommodate our unique running fingerprint. Dimensions of body segments, the snugness of bones within joints, the springiness of tendons, rigidity of feet, geometry of muscles – differs from person to person, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically. We adapt our coordination habits around the peculiarities of our individual anatomy in order to create efficiency and injury resistance. – John Kiely
I’ll study the limits of your running habits closely and provide feedback that builds on what you already do well (which is usually much more than you think!). You’ll end up with a clear sense of the ways your running form influences your body and a sure feeling of the way your body influences your running form.
When & Where
Appointments are booked by phone or e-mail. Ideally, we’ll meet privately once or twice per month at a convenient road, track or trailhead here in Boulder County. I love to teach in beautiful places! As we progress, be ready to explore a new open space, mountain park or another scenic running venue.
An enjoyable lesson that helps you get more comfortable with changing speeds – moving from one heart rate zone to another with your form and breathing under control. No more tense, monotonous shuffles where your stride length gets compromised and your nervous system goes flat. The variations we create with these sessions are limitless and adding some zip to certain workouts is a sure way to flush the lactate out of your legs and boost your race-day fitness.
Running gives us a real-life experience of the scientific method as applied in our personal lives. But what does that really mean? Rather than measure your training simply by the number of miles run we’ll clarify the best combination of distances, paces, and recoveries to broaden their impact on key physiological benchmarks that make you run your best. We’ll also take the time to look closer at your intangibles: those psychological and spiritual factors that help you tap into your best energy and unlock your hidden potential.