Runner's World Your Best Stride: How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster--With Fewer Injuries

Runner's World Your Best Stride: How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster--With Fewer Injuries


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Run the Way You Were Born to Run

Every runner wants a smooth, light, powerful, and resilient stride. But there isn't one ideal form all runners should try to emulate. Instead, research and experience show that people can run effectively in a wide variety of patterns with some universal elements.

In lively, accessible prose, author Jonathan Beverly details his search for common ground among physical therapists, podiatrists, biomechanics researchers, and coaches, and reveals how individual runners can apply those principles and improve their performance, avoid injury, and enhance their enjoyment on the run.

With specific, illustrated exercises that show how to counteract tight muscles from excessive sitting, improve limited arm mobility from hunching over electronic devices, strengthen your feet for better balance, and improve speed by lengthening your stride, Runner's World Your Best Stride is an approachable guide to human movement and a practical tool for improved running performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623368975
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 233,392
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Beverly was the editor in chief of Running Times magazine from 2000-2015. In addition to overseeing the magazine’s tone, editing all text and working closely with designers during these years, he wrote 150 editor’s notes, more than 35 feature stories and numerous smaller training articles, athlete profiles, race reports, and shoe and gear reviews. His features have ranged from in-depth training articles and athlete profiles to thought-provoking essays about various aspects of the sport. Prior to becoming editor, Jonathan wrote regularly for Runner’s World, Running Times, and other outlets as a freelancer during the 1990s. He has run 26 marathons and innumerable road and trail races throughout the world. He also coached adult runners with Bob Glover and the New York Road Runners Club during the 1990s, taught several community college running classes, and coached junior high and high school track and cross country since 2003. He lives on the border of Nebraska and Colorado.

Table of Contents

Preface: Like Floating on Air ix

Introduction: Who Needs This Book? xix

Chapter 1 Two Myths: There is no such thing as the perfect stride that fits everyone, but you can still work to improve yours 1

Chapter 2 Landing Zone: Foot strike, the darling of minimalism, is overrated. Why you should move your focus upward 13

Chapter 3 It's All in the Hips: A balanced and connected core is the key to running well 23

Chapter 4 The Perils of Sitting: How to reclaim your full, powerful stride 35

Chapter 5 Rear Engine: The beauty of your backside and how to build its strength 53

Chapter 6 How Your Laptop, Smartphone, and Car are Killing Your Stride: Restore your natural arm swing to improve posture and power 73

Chapter 7 The Base: Strengthening the platform you balance on 95

Chapter 8 Got Rhythm?: The benefits-and limits-of a faster rolling stride 105

Chapter 9 Mix it Up: Variability: the essential catalyst for improvement 125

Chapter 10 The Journey: Buying into the need for change and creating new lifestyle habits 145

Chapter 11 The Myth of Magic Shoes: What a shoe can and can't do, and some help on finding the best ones for you 169

Chapter 12 Form Cues: A few things to think about on the run 189

Chapter 13 Action Plan: A quick overview of the steps to start striding better 197

Acknowledgments 199

Bibliography 201

About the Author 207

Index 209

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