Hip Flexors, Poor Knee Lift, and the 90 Strides a Minute Myth

Let me say right up front that I really like Inform Running.  In fact, having regular access to their facilities and brain power in the U.K. is probably the only thing that could make me want to live in a place with weather that is even more miserable than my home of Seattle.  Today, they took on the Pose (and by association, the Chi) running methods.  I’m so glad that they did– someone has to dispel the myth that there is one perfect running form for everyone.  But, in typical Inform Running style, they did it with some real hidden gems that might help a lot of folks gain better running form.  Here are two key lessons from their excellent post earlier today.

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Muscle Tension and Restoring “Pop” to Your Running

Over the summer, I’ve been filling in as the track coach for my team’s track workouts.  Every now and again, I have been adding in plyometrics, which I think are pretty essential for distance running.  I usually get some skeptical looks (particularly from the Ironman crowd) so I thought I would explain my thinking and also talk about my views about how to use plyometrics to get free speed in your running.

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