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Our technique-change book based of my successful sessions and backed up with expert advice and exercises for transitioning to better technique

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Rob McDwyer 
@ 15th December 2011 10:15:33

I had my introductory session with Keith this morning, despite the fact he was knocked off his bike by a car last night! Within a few hours of the session, Keith had emailed me through my before-and-after picture and videos, with an analysis of my form and some more advice on improving my new technique. I am looking forward to putting all of this into practice. Thanks Keith!

Jamie Roberts 
@ 20th May 2013 12:03:11

I Saw Keith 3 months ago. Yesterday I ran the SMH half. I ran 96:15 - a PB by nearly 3 minutes. This was a remarkable race because: (1) I trained half as much as last year - I'm still adapting to the new style (I've only hit 50kms for the week twice); (2) the race felt effortless - I maintained a constant pace throughout (4:33) and didn't die over the last few kms as usual (I was able to sprint the last 400m); (3) I feel like I could run again today - normally I have to take days off after a big run. Altogether I'm amazed at how much I have benefited from just one short session with Keith.

Bren Turner 
@ 3rd April 2014 13:48:37

After many years of trying to improve run technique and dealing with recurring running injuries and getting nowhere I found out about Keith's run technique sessions and booked in. It was the best thing I have ever done for my running. The session was enlightening and Keith is an inspiring and exceptional teacher. He has a unique ability to break down the running stride and explain what you are doing, the effect it has on the body and how to transform it to run with natural good form. After just a few weeks of practicing the new technique I am already seeing big improvements in speed with the same effort and feeling much more comfortable running. Keith also recommended Heidi Jones -The runner's podiatrist. With a combination of Keith's expertise in run coaching and Heidi's specialist advice on running specific strengthening exercises, the ongoing ankle problems that I have had for years have disappeared in a few weeks and I am running faster than I ever have and it is only the beginning. Excited about what lies ahead. Thank you Keith and Heidi

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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