Live With Eric: Run Drills and Technique

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Comment by Ute W. Gunn on April 20, 2011 at 10:57am
Curious what your thoughts are regarding the "Chi-Running" technique. Specifically the emphasis on the midfoot rather than the front foot strike, leaning forward at the ankle to allow gravity to assist in forward movement, and minimum forward knee movement favoring instead, a heel-to-butt kick out behind trying to keep the knees underneath not forward throughout the whole movement.
Comment by Eric Orton on January 11, 2011 at 8:51am
Great question dale and this is something I plan to cover in another video. It takes practice to run downhill fast, with good form. The most important being to learn to run with good form while being relaxed.  Running relaxed is the most important thing - a relaxed runner is a fast run.
Comment by Dale Nichols on January 11, 2011 at 5:24am
Nice video, Eric.  One thing that I continue to struggle with, which I had hoped you would cover right at the end there, is running downhill.  When I did my 10 km trail run and half marathon last year I would always get passed by people going down hills then I'd catch them on the flats or going uphill.  I was running always with a forefoot strike.  Does the technique change for descents?
Comment by Sean Murphy on January 9, 2011 at 9:55pm
Great video Eric!
Comment by Ramsey E. Makhuli on January 9, 2011 at 12:18pm

Great video. Thank you Eric. Are those "minimalist" shoes?


Comment by Ian Rea on January 9, 2011 at 9:23am
I've also found it helpful to remember that with a forefoot strike, the heel DOES hit the ground, just not first (i.e. forefoot striking does NOT mean running on your toes). The heel needs to hit in order to load the Achilles tendon so that it can do its job of acting like a spring to push the foot back up off of the ground.
Comment by Kathy Law on January 8, 2011 at 7:12pm

From a newbie...Thanks so much for this video Eric! The slo-mo and stills accompanied by your instruction are really going to be helpful. I've already emailed the link to a couple of runner friends. 



Comment by Eric Orton on January 8, 2011 at 6:12pm
Nice catch Brad - downloading revised file now.  Thanks!
Comment by Brad Gantt on January 8, 2011 at 4:49pm
Cool video Eric. Thanks for taking the time to do this, it's super helpful. I did notice a missing "e" in the last title, unless there's a new NBR "Unit" forming in which case, sign me up! :)

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