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Angus Murray 
@ 28th March 2013 11:12:38

After 7 years of orthotics, shin splints, permanently tight calves, creaking hips and lower back pain I was put in touch with Keith. After one session with him I am not only free of all the ailments I thought I would have forever, I have knocked over 1 full minute per kilometre off my cruising speed (over a 10km distance). You were right Keith, it's all in the technique!

Keith Mullen 
@ 4th August 2012 20:08:40

Recently had second session with Keith, correcting what I was still doing wrong after first session, for me pulling my legs up too high instead of pushing my knees forward. With Keith's wisdom, insights, tips and motivation,I'm now running 30s/km quicker with ease. Definitely the best running investment you could make, highly recommended to runners of any ability. Thanks for all your help Keith, it is hugely appreciated!!!!!

Rob Lederer 
@ 18th September 2012 12:37:03

I learned more about how to run in my 1 hour with Keith than I have in 7 years of actually running! The technique, once you 'get it', is obvious yet exciting. Shortly after my lesson I ran my second fastest km ever, barefoot on grass, on flat terrain. Previously I could only hit that speed going downhill! Can't wait to see what the next year brings. Thanks again Keith.

Light footwear

Shoes are unnatural - the less the better!

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

Athletics NSW Cross-country

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 the shoes of 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 hasn't failed me or my podiatrist wife in fixing running injuries - and for me that's well over 3000 clients!


Podiatrist, runner Heidi Jones: feetonthemove.com


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