The ins and outs of running form can confuse even the most experienced runners. When it comes to running technique, focusing on optimization instead of drastic change will help you get the most from your training.
Running form and gait analysis have become hot topics in recent years. With advances in technology and runners looking to improve themselves in innovative ways, they provide an opportunity for runners to work on the foundation of their favorite sport.
In addition to useful guidance, there is also a great deal of confusion and misinformation about an idealized form, and the “perfect” cadence or footstrike. Every runner is unique, and while each of us can optimize the way we run, there is no single technique that works for everyone.
Dr. Anh Bui on Running Technique
This week’s guest on the podcast will help you understand what to prioritize when it comes to running form. Dr. Anh Bui is both a runner and an expert on running form and gait analysis. She competed in cross country and track at UC San Diego, but unfortunately suffered from frequent injuries in college and beyond. Anh’s interest in physiology and biomechanics, in addition to helping injured runners, led her to become a physical therapist.
Anh completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Columbia University in NYC. She also furthered her education with a focus on advanced orthopedics, women’s health, and management of the running athlete. In her work at Columbia’s RunLab Clinic, Anh performed gait evaluations and provided individualized plans to high level runners.
As a physical therapist, a certified strength coach, a USATF certified running coach (and a competitive runner!), Anh Bui is able to provide a variety of tools to help runners get healthy and remain injury free.
Anh and I tackle a variety of topics surrounding gait and running technique, and dispel some common myths about an “ideal” form for runners. (Hint: it doesn’t exist!) Some of the subjects we discuss in depth include:
- Guiding principles when it comes to form
- The best way to think about cadence
- How and when to apply a forward lean technique
- Is a midfoot strike optimal for all runners?
- Who can benefit from gait analysis?
You’re bound to learn some new and useful advice on running form and gait in my discussion with Anh!
Links & Resources from the Show:
- To learn more about Dr. Anh Bui, visit her website here
- Follow Anh on Instagram
- Check out these useful running cues to help optimize your form.
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