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David Watson 
@ 27th December 2016 22:37:26

Had a great learning experience with the masterful Keith Bateman who was immediately able to hone in on my running inefficiencies. I felt lighter across the ground after only one session, with a sense of running returning as an "effortless" form. Much consolidating of his advice to come but am really excited by the idea of retuning to running in its sheer simplicity.

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.

Michael Bedward 
@ 17th October 2011 14:45:14

Just wanted to pass on a small testimonial anecdote from today's Sri Chinmoy race... At about the 6 or 7km mark another runner pulled level with me and complimented me on my running form. Needless to say, this has never happened before :) I'm well used to getting comments during races but only about my odd footwear. I'm pretty sure that my form went pear shaped in the second half of the race but the first 8km felt smoother than anything i've done before and really enjoyable. All the best, Michael

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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