Good Form Running
Results: Off to a Good Start
We were astonished by the progress that Josh and Erin were each able to make over an eight-week period – not only improving their form, but also running in significantly less pain. Erin, in particular, noted a significant improvement in her performance.
We were also pleased to find that the impact of a transition towards Good Form Running was measurable and significant, as supported by the findings of the New Balance Sports Research Lab.
What remains to be seen is the extent to which Josh and Erin's transitions are not yet complete. Grant and other advocates of Good Form Running are adamant that such a transition – particularly for experienced runners – can take as long as a year, as old habits are unlearned and new ones are adopted and ingrained.
Have you tried adopting a new approach to your running form? Ever been through a Good Form Running clinic and struggled or wildly succeeded in adhering to its principles? Share your experiences with us below, and with others working to make a move towards a better way to run.
Growing up i was always involved in sports and played football in college. I was, well actually still am..a natural sprinter. im now 42 and 3 years ago my wife challenged me to run a 50k in nearby Virginia. It was my first long run and i had no idea how to even train for it. Needless to say, after the race i swore i would never run again. There was only one problem with this sentiment, i had the 4 other fireman (from my fire station) that went with us to run in the race and everyone beat me, including my wife. forward fast to last year...i ran the same race and cut an hour and half from my time. i trained longer, harder, and smarter, or so i thought. though i accomplished my goal of beating the firefighters from my station and my wife. But like the previous year, i swore i was done with running. By sheer dumb luck i found a pair of New Balance 110's while out shopping one day and decided to try them for a short run (since i had officailly quit jogging). Those shoes forced me to start running mechanically correct and the realization of why those 50k runs hurt me so badly was simple...poor running mechanics. I had no problems with the high cadence, and with the 110's design my feet naturally land midfoot. My split mile times are nearly 30 seconds faster than last season, and i don't feel like im using nearly the amount of energy. The only drawback I have with transitioning into a more natural form has been really sore calves. I think Im going to try and find your zero road shoe and give that a shot. thank you for making running fun again. jon