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Dan Phillips 
@ 2nd September 2012 17:27:10

After seeing my son's school team train with Keith, I had a session with him last week and found it very useful and intuitive and I hope the start of a steady improvement in my race times... I would recommend to any serious runner who has not had any coaching, that you do so with Keith

Andrea Polson 
@ 15th August 2012 15:05:56

With only two short sessions with Keith I have learnt so much! Keith is a fountain of running knowledge and experience and his advice has helped me knock 29 minutes off my C2S time! I never thought I'd qualify for the green group let along get under 80 minutes! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and I can't wait to learn more and hopefully continue to improve further.

Ben Russell 
@ 30th March 2016 19:15:17

After a "mid-life crisis", I decided to take up Triathlons. I loved swimming and cycling, but running wasn't my thing. 2 years on and I love running, but feel that my technique and shoes were holding me back. Keith was referred to me by a family member and this morning I had my first "barefoot" running session. Wow! What a great session. Lots of information and lots of common sense. I'm definitely looking forward to putting it into practice. Thanks Keith and Heidi! Great Session and Great Value.

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 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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