Good Form Running
Stage 1: Getting Started with Good Form Running
Grant evaluates the Josh and Erin's initial form, and introduces them to the elements that will help them improve their form.
Last fall, over the course of eight weeks, Good Form Running evangelist Grant Robison worked with two established runners to document their individual transitions in an effort to shed some light on what others might experience when setting out to improve their running form. Diligently, our transitioning runners, Josh and Erin have tracked their runs, recorded their vitals, and logged their bodies' response as they make the change from their lifelong form to Good Form.
A competitive college runner with an impressive 4:33 mile to his credit, Josh, 27, has completed multiple Boston Marathons and runs now primarily to blow off steam while completing his PhD in neuroscience. Erin, 26, a competitive sprinter in high school and college, balances ongoing training and competition with a career as a chemical engineer. Erin has battled plantar fasciitis for some time now, dramatically impacting the time she is able to spend on the track.
Monitoring Erin & Josh
For eight weeks, following the completion of each day of training, Erin and Josh logged their runs online, reporting on their distance, speed, physical condition and awareness of each element. This data was used not only to map their progress, but also to serve as a means for Grant to evaluate their progress and mindsets over the course of the transition.
The data also paints a picture of two very different runners: in this case Josh's consistent, shorter runs in contrast with Erin's high-mileage in-season training routine.
New Balance Sports Research Lab
As part of Josh and Erin's transition to Good Form Running, we booked time for each of them at The New Balance Sports Research Lab in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with an eye towards evaluating measurable quantitative changes in their form. Trampas TenBroek and Pedro Rodrigues put Josh and Erin through a series of tests at the outset, midway point and conclusion of the transition period, designed to measure physiological changes that the runners themselves would have difficulty assessing.
The bulk of the data showed that not only did Josh and Erin each demonstrate significant, measurable changes in their form — improved posture, higher cadence, measurable lean — but that these changes were generally consistent throughout the course of the transition toward Good Form. In short, the conscious changes made to their form were measurably proving out in the lab.