Form and Mechanics

Tweet I love questions that have a clear answer, like: What’s on Jason’s running playlist? Taylor Swift, obviously. How long is that marathon? 26.2 miles – c’mon Nana, all marathons are the same distance! Is running the best sport ever? No doubt. But often, there aren’t clear answers to questions about running. There are shades of […]

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Tweet Do you have muscle imbalances? Spoiler alert: of course you do! In fact, we all do. Nobody is perfectly symmetrical. We may have a dominant leg, strike the ground harder with one foot, pronate more with one leg, or lean slightly to one particular side. It’s normal – it’s human. And it doesn’t necessarily mean […]

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Tweet What is proper running form? Because it’s a complex question, you should be careful who you ask for advice. Ask ten runners about running form and you’ll hear ten different explanations about the best running technique. Even more dangerous, those who shouldn’t be giving running form advice make all the classic mistakes. Just yesterday I […]

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Tweet Yesterday a friend admitted to me some quirky behaviors that are automatic disqualifiers for his dates. Most are wildly inappropriate for SR, but his #1 was being a regular smoker. It makes sense: he’s a fit guy and likes to lead a healthy lifestyle. There’s just no way he could date a smoker. Many of […]

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Tweet Successful running – and injury prevention – is really a full-time job. Hopefully that didn’t scare you off from accomplishing your race goals. But truthfully, what makes you faster is often what you do in between workouts than what you do while running. So get enough sleep every night. Avoid hours of CrossFit AMRAP sessions in […]

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Tweet I used to say that using technology like “actuator lugs” to promote a neutral, natural foot strike was ironic and totally unnecessary. Of course, I’m talking about Newton running shoes which have a very distinctive sole: I refused to wear them because of those wacky lugs and thought they weren’t for “real” runners. But then […]

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Tweet I used to run in the ASICS Kayano – a supportive stability shoe that weighs 13oz. I’m thankful those days are now over. Today I prefer lighter shoes with less stability and more groundfeel. Even though I have low arches and I pronate significantly, I’m more comfortable in neutral shoes that don’t interfere as […]

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Tweet Training for any race – even a marathon – includes a lot more than just running. Runners who only run are doomed to overuse injuries. Loyal Strength Running readers will recognize this as a common theme of my writing and training programs. It’s nothing new and I’ve written very specific articles in the past: […]

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Tweet Injury prevention is a top goal for every runner. So why is consistent, healthy running so elusive? The truth is that repetitive stress injuries will always happen: us runners are really good at pushing beyond our physical limits and working harder than our bodies can withstand. We all say things like, I want to reach a […]

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Tweet What are strides? I get this question ALL THE TIME so I thought it would be helpful to explain exactly what they are and how to use them in your training. I also surveyed runners on Twitter – you can follow me @JasonFitz1 – to see if they ran strides. I’m glad I’m not the […]

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