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.