running

6
Feb

Perpetual Forward Motion – who’s whispering the loudest?

Efficient Running or Who can whisper the loudest? Yes, the debate between cushioned trainers and minimal has been done to death over the past 12 to 24 months.  Yes, ‘barefoot’ versus ‘traditional’ has been sided-over during the same period, discussed heatedly, with each party tending to stand their ground (no pun intended), remaining rooted to his/her original philosophy … at

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21
Jan

Efficient Running – What Does It Look Like?

We don’t all have to look exactly the same, but we are all human and there will be similarities.  The aim is to run in a more natural way, accommodating the musculo-skeletal anatomy, and avoiding injury.  Common mistakes which your body won’t like in the long run (‘scuse the pun!): Bouncy, toe-y run Over-striding Stabbing the ground with forward force

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21
Jan

‘Barefooting’

No, not a typo. And not yet in the Concise Oxford Dictionary. It IS however synonymous with ‘Vibram Five Fingers’ on Dictionary.com and will probably be elected an official word by the linguists before too long. Year 2002 Bizarrely, as far as the regular chap/ess in the street is concerned, the whole concept of shoes that encourage a more natural

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21
Jan

The 4 Fs of Efficient Running – Foundations : Form : Feel : Fun

Important Considerations for Efficient Running Foundations – Footwear Choice To run with great technique, you do not necessarily need to change your footwear.  There are plenty of runners who run very beautifully wearing supportive, cushioned trainers.  But, in my experience, I would suggest they are in the minority.  The problems with supportive, cushioned trainers boils down to three main things:

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21
Jan

Case Study 2: Repetitive Calf Tears

Does this sound familiar? You’re a runner with a history of apparent ‘calf tears’.  The repetitive 2-6 week cycle looks something like this: You’re fine for a period of time, and then soon after building your running distances &/or increasing your speed, your calf ‘goes’. Off for treatment which might involve ultra-sound, massage and the prescription of RICE (Rest, Ice,

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16
Jan

Helen Hall: Posture & Movement Analyst and Efficient Running Coach

Welcome! Welcome to the Helen-Hall website, which ‘umbrellas’ all the different aspects of the work I do to encourage people to use their body’s in ways that are more ‘biomechanically-friendly’.  In running this translates as: more speed: less effort: fewer injuries and in day-to-day aspects of life translates as: better posture: more mobility: more comfort People have come across me

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