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Born To Run Coach, Eric Orton, discusses and demonstrates run form and technique.
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Hi Eric, I've been running for three years. Started with a Chi Running workshop and reading your book. I'm a happy forefoot runner with a fairly high cadence 176-180, but I'm finding that I'm not getting much heel lift, my shin doesn't come across my opposite shin level with the knee drive, it's usually much lower. I'm pretty sure if I could get the leg to fold under and not swing through so low that I could gain a lot more speed from running. I'm looking for cues to use to help with the knee drive phase so I can get my leg parallel and following through without swinging that leg low.
Really informative video. Makes such a difference seeing it! I started my running life as a sprinter, so already land on my fore foot, but have been teaching myself to shorten my stride a lot for the trails. However, I remember once doing a whole track session in spikes, like an idiot, having not worn them for a long time, and my calf muscles suffered in exactly the same way as people describe below! I couldn't walk for about a week.
Great training video
I've realized that driving the knee forward is what forces your stance leg to extend fully. It allowed me to stop worrying about flexing my hamstrings for speed. Also, I keep my wrists loose and floppy because it keeps me upright and tall and prevents overextension. Last thing, I feel "light" when when my ankles are really loose during my knee drive and then find their to the ground softly. I feel like I'm prancing forward, instead of up and down. I realized the other morning that when I look up and thank God for the wind in my lungs periodically during my run and it had the effect of making me stay tall and open up my chest. I also call myself out like Scott Jurek's friend did while pacing him during Badwater... lol
Alexia, I had the same soreness with my left achilles that worried me. It took about a month, but it's completely gone. I came to realize my achilles tendon strength was sub par and needed time to adjust. Make sure you take time to get a good calf stretch (bent knee) after your run when you're warmed up and a couple times during the day when you think of it.
Eric, Thank you for the video. I just finished reading Born to Run and I really needed the visual demonstration to understand the technique. I tried it out on my run this morning though and everyone else is talking about sore calves but I really feel a sore achilles on my right side. That is the same foot that I've had tendonitis in previously so maybe that is part of the issue. I only ran about 2 miles. What did I do wrong? Are my calves weak or did I just over do it? I don't think I was much of heel striker before.
Hi Eric, many thanks for the video. Very clear and precise-really useful.
It makes sense to me that the knee drive would increase the stance leg's power into the ground. Just a quick question though that have been banging around in my head. Do you place any emphasis on the hamstring pull on toe off? Regards, Dave.
Good day Eric, excellent video
Tried fore foot running with my vibram 5 fingers on the road, previous running has all been on a treadmill pulled up short with calf pain in the right leg and suffered some heel pain in the left, found it difficult to walk down stairs the next morning. I will return to worn out Nikes until I have conqured the fore foot run but is there anything else I can do to ease my way into flat sole running, I am wearing the Vibram's around the house and trying to practice walking on the balls of my feet, apart from achieving a rather mincing walk and providing fun for my family am I achieving anything useful?
Can anyone give me tips on the form that Eric demonstrates in his "Run Drills and Technique" video? I've been doing it lately and it feels awkward and my calves have become really sore.
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