Athletes in every sport except running devote enormous attention to
perfecting even minute details of the movements they will be required to produce
in competition. Running coaches just tell their athletes to run longer and
Runners, and their coaches, have basically ignored technique for
years, assuming that their natural stride will give them efficiency and injury
resistance. We have found that this simply is not the case.
For the past
decade, African runners have dominated distance running at its highest levels.
Research on what makes these runners faster consistently demonstrates normal VO2
Max and lactate threshold levels for elite runners. Their height, weight, and
limb-length ratios all fall into the normal category. Clearly and consistently,
what sets the great African runners apart is that they are more efficient than
their competitors, running faster without expending more energy. Experts in
running economy agree that running barefoot through childhood contributes
significantly to the extraordinary economy of these athletes. We're not
suggesting that you run barefoot. We are suggesting that you take the time and
effort to learn the techniques that may be more natural running barefoot, and
implement them into your shoe-running technique.
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