Everybody can run better

Running Technique Tips was born out of my frustrating experience trying to obtain clear, easy to understand advice and information about good running technique.  Here I will share my experiences of improving my bad running technique into something more serviceable and what I learned researching and writing my book Running Technique.  More importantly I’m keen to provide a focal point for discussing and sharing ideas about the most under researched and written about of topics – what good running technique is and how to get it.

Having spent the last two years researching and now writing about this topic I can say for everything I have learned there is probably an equal amount of knowledge I’ve yet to discover.  Running is complicated, physically and mentally and for everything that is proven or studied in science there’s an equal amount of things that for one reason or another just work.  I’m fascinated by this sort of knowledge or lore that runners and coaches have accumulated over the years.   This is the stuff you won’t find in text books or academic journals, I’m hoping to capture it here.

In some running circles and books there is a stubbornly held belief that we adopt the running technique that is most efficient for our body and that any attempt to change this is to be avoided.  I have no time for this attitude.  I believe everyone can improve no matter if you’re a 30 minute 10km runner or a 60 minute 10km runner.  This site is about breaking down this unhelpful philosophy by offering easy to understand information about good running technique and how regular runners can learn, train for and run with better technique.

Everybody can run better, enjoy it more, sustain fewer injuries and improve their competitive performances … we just need to know how.  It’s not about perfect running technique, but building a good foundation and getting better with knowledge and training.  Good running technique is possible for everyone, not just those on the cusp of Olympic glory.

This website brings together three important ideas that justify taking running technique seriously:

  1. Running should be enjoyable and mostly pain free
  2. Injuries should be the exception, not the rule
  3. Performance improvements are possible by learning to run better, not just training longer and harder

Learn to love your running.

Brian Martin

February 2011

Code of conduct

I’m writing this as much for myself as to future contributors and subscribers who comment on the articles on the site.  For me it’s about being consistent and applying my own values to the writing on Running Technique Tips.  For other contributors it provides some guidance on what type of contributions are welcome.  For readers it’s friendly advice to play nice with your comments – there’s plenty of message boards and websites for venting your spleen, so don’t do it here.

Written and multimedia contributions:

Must relate in some way relate to running technique – the link can be broad or perhaps obscure, but it’s important to keep to the topic.  One of the goals of this site is to not cut across areas that are well covered by existing websites and books.  Constructive criticism and comments are welcome; however they must have a positive intent and suggest alternatives and solutions rather than just stating outright disagreement.

The code for me and any other contributors is clear; be positive, if there’s comment or criticism to be made then it must be objective, non-personal and well thought through.  If you criticize you must also suggest an alternative view or solution.

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