Running With Eric: Run Drills and Technique

Born To Run Coach, Eric Orton, discusses and demonstrates run form and technique.

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Comment by Ian Weekes on July 14, 2012 at 11:22am

I tried the forefoot landing and knee drive techniques for the first time today on a 13km run.  I didn't expect it to be easy, and it required quite a bit of concentration, but I am definitely going to stick with it.  I could really feel it in my calves afterwards, which I think is to be expected on a first try out.  One thing though, what is the technique for going downhill?  On the flat and uphill it was good, but downhill I just wanted to lean back and land on my heels.  Thanks.  Ian

Comment by Kirk Groves on January 2, 2012 at 7:19pm

Thank You Sir for the videos! Very helpful!!

Comment by Kees Arendz on December 15, 2011 at 11:00pm

Hello Eric, thanks for the reply. What you showed in the video and wrote in your reply makes a lot of sense. For me is the task to get this knowledge into my work and instructions. I will work it out, you can count on it. Thanks. K

Comment by Eric Orton on December 15, 2011 at 8:11am

@Kees  Knee drive helps provide power INTO the ground with the stance leg, propelling you forward.  So also focus on the running in place to understand the knee drive - notice how the knees come up in front of you immediately after foot strike.  This should be no different when moving forward.  The only thing that changes is your body angle or grade of the terrain.  Imagine stepping over a log as you run - another great mental imagery drill.  The faster you run, the larger the log.


Comment by Kees Arendz on December 14, 2011 at 11:20pm

Thanks for the video Eric, I was triggered by your words about kneedrive. I am more focused on reflexes in the running. I might need to think this over. Your exercise for stabilization is helpful for me. I´m going to use this new information in my sessions with students.  

Comment by Paul F. Caswell on December 10, 2011 at 1:00pm

Hello Eric,

Watched this video before, liked it just as much this time around. As you have said it's not hard, but you must practice, practice, practice. I have used these type of drill for my own minimalist footwear running and my athletes / runner friends. One thing that came up for me watching this video this time was not kicking the stance leg back, it is about knee drive. Maybe we should start saying to runner not to have a good kick at the end of the race, but a good knee drive.

Move Well In A Deeper Sense,

~ Paul

Comment by Tom Foley on November 28, 2011 at 4:20pm

Been running off and on my whole life. Last 2 years during training for marathon, developed shin splints that lead to stress fractures. Currently on DL and going to follow this like bible. Thanks for giving me hope!


Comment by Eric Orton on November 25, 2011 at 3:18pm

That's great Cecilia.  This is how running can and should be.  Keep at it and it will only get better and better.  And, start to notice how "open" and good your hip flexors start to feel.

Comment by Cecilia Morales Pérez on November 23, 2011 at 6:02pm

Yesterday, I put into practice what I learnt from this video: I ran up and downhill using the fore foot strike technique and I felt my running very different.It was light and comfortable...not heavy at all. It reduced my timing in 30 minutes. I couldn't believe it. I did not feel any backache or pain in my was incredible. In my 5 years as a self-motivated runner, nobody has ever taught me how to run. Therefore, I thank you Eric for your advice. It has helped me a lot :)

Comment by Shayna Cook on November 7, 2011 at 3:39am
This video has been so helpful. Thanks Eric!

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