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Pedro Queiroz 
@ 15th October 2012 22:28:22

A month and a half ago I had a session with Keith. Despite me running with minimalist shoes for the past couple of years, his guidance really made me change my technique and become a more efficient runner. This weekend I shaved over 10 minutes off my marathon PB and achieved my sub-3h30 goal. Keith's insights played a very important role in that. Thank you, Keith!

Christie Lewis 
@ 7th April 2012 11:03:31

I had my first session with Keith last week, which was also my first running training session ever. He was quick to see what was wrong with my style and the session then focussed on helping me to learn a new running style. The combination of Keith's knowledge and friendliness made the session informative and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to seeing the results of my new technique and exercises in my running.

Neil Hawthorne 
@ 17th December 2012 22:46:55

As a 55+ veteran life-time runner I stepped up the pace in 2008 with the Bogong to Hotham Ultra. Five years later I find myself running faster than ever as evidenced in 2012 across 14 events ranging from 10km to 100km. Thanks Keith for transforming my technique in just one short lesson.

Light footwear

Shoes are unnatural - the less the better!

The best support is from the ground - get as close to it as you can!

Equipment has a big influence on technique - and often not in a helpful way. And so it is with shoes. The support and relative stiffness of modern running shoes tends to weaken the foot and lower leg and it takes time to strengthen these areas again.

Much has been written on barefoot Vs shoes and I know how much barefoot running has worked for me. I train 2 speed sessions and a tempo run barefoot every week which amounts to about 40km including warm-up and cool-down. The rest of the time I use flat, thin (5mm -8mm), flexible shoes. For example ultra thin Vibram Fivefingers or Vivobarefoot. I encourage many clients to move gradually in the same direction.

The introduction of barefoot and minimal footwear has to be gradual but the benefits of greater strength and more efficient running are worth it!

Orthotics and chunky shoes

Where's the evidence?

This client was wearing orthotics to stop his serious over-pronation and was a serious heel striker. This video was taken 40 minutes into a technique-change session and shows a massive improvement

Where did his over-pronation go?

Over-pronation disappears when you stop over-striding

Why don't his feet hurt?

Someone legitimately said maybe it was just taking his shoes off that caused the changes, not my lesson. I think it is a combination but if my lesson had no effect then look what shoes have done and how removing them helps!

Technique change and foot strengthening has not failed me or my podiatrist wife in fixing running injuries - and for me that is well over 3000 clients!


Podiatrist, runner Heidi Jones: feetonthemove.com


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