Archive for October, 2011

Pose Method Of Running

In 1993 I completed my second Ironman Triathlon at 24.My Body had been through it all. Especially my legs. I’d paid top dollar for shoes, podiatrists, physiotherapists, even tried yoga and yet I had suffered crippling shin splints. I was done with running and stopped competing in triathlons.

A few months back I was complaining about my legs and the soreness I was experiencing, a throbbing in the front of my shins and tight calves after running. I was so concerned I had x-rays. Nothing showed up, so I put it down to not warming up correctly, stretching or I had the wrong shoes. I never thought about the way I was running, because I always understood that you run the way you were born to run. Even though I had been for stroke correction for swimming and had a cycling coach. Why didn’t I just accept that I was supposed to swim and cycle naturally?

My wife came across a link on Ted Talks :

I watched the video and was excited and immediately ordered his book “born to run”. After reading the book three times, I recalled a paragraph (p.206) that mentioned different running styles.  I began to research the three methods and settled on the POSE method. Why?

I liked the idea that there were drills and that a person had taken the time to look at running in such detail, that I could confidently expect to change the way I ran for a better running future.

Interestingly when you become as excited as I was, I wanted to approach the POSE method correctly, in a systematic way. There are many blog posts and threads devoted to why the POSE method doesn’t work for people and I was amazed that the majority of runners who had not made a successful transition rarely mentioned if they had seen a POSE coach. I wouldn’t make the same mistake!

I became a member of and ordered the books and dvd. I read them, watched the video and then made contact with a coach in Australia. I was amazed at how much information I had misinterpreted. My coach cleared up any confusion I had and fine-tuned the basics of the POSE method and I have never looked back.

Keep in mind though you are learning a new skill and for some of us simple tasks can be very frustrating.

My blog is of great personal interest because so much has changed in the world of Ironman Triathlon since i last competed in 1994. When i decided to start training for the Challenge Cairns Ironman in 2011 my motivation was unclear. I had entered the race, i was unfit and had 8 months to train for my first ironman in 17 years. Then i started to think that maybe there would be others who also wanted to start racing again. As i have qualifications and experience in Bodywork Therapies and a very keen interest in nutrition, technology and technique i thought i would be able to share my knowledge.

When i arrived in Cairns for the race, it was extremely clear that i was underdone in my preparation for such a big event. I swam really well, in 17 years i had only lost five minutes in the swim, but the bike was terrible and i remember every pedal push over the one hundred and eighty kilometres. I should have remembered that when you ride in a national park, they are parks for a reason. Generally because you can’t build houses in them. Then i also recollected that i had never ridden over a flat course in a national park because they don’t exist! So i was extremely slow on the bike due to the amount of hills or mountains.

The run was flat but hot, little shade for the first twenty two kilometres. Due to my poor bike split, the run was just as bad.I finished the race in sixteen and a half hours.

So what can i share?

I learn’t that you can have too many sports gels or goo’s. That maltedextrin can cause horrible bloating and discomfort. That coke a cola is not so bad when its degassed as a drink on the course. Wearing brand new shoes may not be a good idea. Getting the correct bike fit is absolutely of paramount importance.And finally i really love red frogs. They saved my day. But nothing gave me more joy than seeing my family waiting for me for after a long day and crossing the finish line with my seven year old son, with my wife and daughter right behind me.

I’m learning, training and posting my thoughts to motivate others to try and get some fitness or motivation back into their lives.

Knowing I wanted to get back into Ironman Triathlon this year I started to change the way I was training and decided to invest time and money into running. Running used to be my best leg of the triathlon and sadly had slipped to be my worst. I gained some relief that all was not lost when I read this article “You’re only as old as you run” by Tom Sims published September 23rd, 2011 in the New York Times. Given I’m turning forty this year it came as a pleasant surprise to know I’m in the largest growing age category for runners completing marathons.

What particularly resonated with me in this article was the fact that many runners were looking for ways to be lighter, faster and more focused. Of those interviewed, there was a common thread touching on issues like nutrition, mindset, shoe selection and common runners injuries.

Surprisingly there was no comment or even a mention on technique. I’m fascinated that many runners choose to run the way they claim they were born to run. How many swimmers swim the way they were born to. If that was the case there wouldn’t be many swim squads and the mind boggles at how the beginning of a triathlon would look with such a lack of technique.

Part of the dilemma is that many coaches and trainers only look at how to improve running times with fitness, not technique. Obviously there are

those like the ones mentioned in the article world record holders, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie who have enormous talent but what about the other ninety plus per cent, the weekend warriors.

Pose Method of running developed by Dr. Nicholas Romanov may offer some solution. For the last eight months I have been working on my technique using the pose method. I’m running injury free and no longer taking anti-inflammatory medication. I’m in the best running shape of my life. Pose method is simple in theory but does require drill ( see previous post) practice in order to achieve the correct balance of technique. That is pose, fall and pull. Pose refers to the correct running stance, fall is the use of gravity to increase or decrease speed and pull is the term used to describe lifting of the foot with the hamstring.

For those wanting to start running as an enthusiast or for competition take a closer look at pose method, you might surprise yourself.