All About Running

The Naked Tour – A running event for all shapes, sizes and skills

Phil “Cat” Guerrero, our charity runner and Committee Chair, recently attended the second of 13 events hosted by running writer and celebrity, Christopher McDougall.  The events are meant to bring runners (or aspiring runners) to a forum focused on educating runners about technique, proper equipment, ideal nutrition, and many other running topics.  Check out the main event page for The Naked Tour times and locations: http://www.chrismcdougall.com/blog/naked-tour/.  In general, the events consist of the following:

  • A Fun Run with Chris and a varying cast of running experts/celebrities, and any runners who want to join
  • the “Naked Cabaret” where Chris and his cast give presentations/talks about their experiences with running, their expertise, and any other topics they feel the attendees will benefit from
  • A book signing by Chris and personal Qs & As with Chris and his cast (this was certainly the most memorable for Phil, for he was able to share his ideas and this running event with Chris)
  • Several display tables of some of the top-of-the-line minimal footwear products (see “The Barefoot Debate” section below if you are unfamiliar with minimal footwear or want to learn more about the debate).
Do not be shy to check out these events because the crowd is very welcoming, and the information and experience you come away with is priceless!

Technique – Same, Same, but Different

Technique is the Holy Grail of running.  Many feel that, with proper running technique, ANYONE can be a runner.  If you buy into this, then naturally, the next question is: What is the best technique?  Well, that is not an easy question to answer.  Over time, several running theories were, and are currently being, developed.  This small article will briefly introduce you to 3 of the most popular and well-renowned techniques in the running world.  However, please do not read this as a review, but only as an introduction.

The order of which these techniques are listed is of no importance and all of these techniques have had great success, are known to help runners improve their ability, reduce or eliminate injuries, and make running fun to those who commit.

A note about comparing the techniques: Generally, all the techniques mentioned in this article differ minutely when it comes to the physical technique.   It is unlikely for a laymen to watch a runner use any of these techniques and notice a difference.  Where these techniques do differ is in the general mindset that one takes while using them, the focus on a particular phase(s) of the running stride, and how they were developed.

Here they are:

  • ChiRunning (http://www.chirunning.com/) – ChiRunning is a technique developed around the ideals of T’ai Chi, a philosophical system developed in early China.  Some of the main focuses are having a strong core (abdominals), using gravity to your advantage, and developing a running technique that reduces the wear and tear on your body and uses your energy efficiently.
  • POSE Method Running (http://www.posetech.com/pose_method/pose-method-of-running-technique.html) – POSE Method is a technique developed in the 1970s in Russia and publicly released to the Americas in the early 1990s.  A strength of the POSE Method is the copious amounts of research supporting the technique.  Similar to ChiRunning, efficiency is a main focus along with using gravity to one’s advantage.
  • Running With Eric (http://www.runningwitheric.com/video) – We could not find the exact name that Eric Orton uses for the technique he teaches, so we just used the name of his website.  Eric developed his technique over 2 decades of coaching, and his coaching is mentioned in Chris McDougall’s popular running book, Born to Run.  His success as a coach speaks for the validity of the technique, but the technique is still mostly similar to the others.  His technique emphasizes using a forefoot strike (see his website for technical definitions), driving the knee forward, and using a your leg muscles correctly to maximize one’s stability in the stride.

There are plenty of resources about all of these techniques that can be found at the aforementioned links and we suggest you research the technique and the general theory behind it to see what will best fit your mindset and feelings about your own personal development. 

The Barefoot Debate

If you are familiar with recent fitness trends then you have likely heard of this up-and-coming theory about using minimal footwear (or no footwear at all) while running.  If you are looking to try some new shoes, or lack there of, be sure to see what experts have to say before to save yourself time, money, and possible injury.  

Here is an article from the popular running magazine Runner’s World discussing both sides of the debate: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267–13401-1-1X2-3,00.html

2 Responses to “All About Running”

  1. Anina COWIE January 2, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” Dean Karnazes, Ultrarunner and best-selling author

  2. Roadrunner January 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM #

    “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Is 40:31

    “….that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run” Chris McDougall, author, Born to Run

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