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Andy Bryant 
@ 28th October 2015 01:10:44

Following Keith's workshop I took 7 weeks off competition to strengthen up and run short distances barefoot, then beat my half-ironman run pb by a few minutes, 1:32. My new running form feels entirely natural now, and is sustainable through to marathon distance. Lower calves took a few months to adapt, even though I'm accustomed to flat shoes in daily life, with no history of achilles injury. Garmin metrics show that my feet spend 10% less time on the ground now (225ms). This has been a game-changer for me, and I look forward to training faster shorter distances through the (UK) winter.

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!

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

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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