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Run pain free: one simple drill that just might help you do that

Posted Nov 03 2011 8:02pm

“We were once the greatest endurance runners on earth. We didn’t have fangs, claws, strength or speed, but the springiness of our legs and our unrivaled ability to cool our bodies by sweating rather than panting enabled humans to chase prey until it dropped from heat exhaustion. Some speculate that collaboration on such hunts led to language, then shared technology. Running arguably made us the masters of the world.”

So how did one of our greatest strengths become such a liability? “The data suggests up to 79 percent of all runners are injured every year,” says Stephen Messier, the director of the J. B. Snow Biomechanics Laboratory at Wake Forest University.

According to legend, one single drill turned a 16-year-old with almost no running experience into the foremost racer of his day. You may not be 16 years old and you may not magically turn into the fastest runner in the world, but this one drill just might help you run pain free.

Read about it in this New York Times article by Christopher McDougall: The Once and Future Way to Run



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