There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.
- George Sheehan

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Barefoot Running Style Lessons

"The human foot is a work of art and masterpiece of human engineering." - Leonardo DaVinci

This video was put out by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella of Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running and Walking (  He is a family practitioner as well as a USAF Reserves Lt Col, and serves as the USAF Marathon team coach.  His center and website are wonderful sources of information for natural running, whether barefoot or in minimalist footwear.  Check out that website and see all the amazing info he's got to offer.

This beautiful video is a great example of the peace that can be found out running when it stops being a chore.  It's a lovely thing to watch, and has many words of wisdom.

Key points from the video:
Running is not a battle between you and your body.
And it's not about running's about barefoot running style.  (ie. running naturally, even in footwear)
The harder the surface, and the less between your feet and the ground, the softer the landing.
Get strong in the right places.
Get loose in the right places.
Be in balance.
Progress slowly.
Your feet are the messengers...listen to them.
Do not overstride.
Relax and breathe.
Run and have fun.

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