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Why Pose Running?

The dreaded heel strike.  For those who may not know what I am talking about, the heel strike is what is referred to when you run heel-toe, heel-toe.  Your body is upright, and your knees and spine take the brunt of the impact, whether you think you feel it or not.  That’s why you are always asked to do those annoying POSE running drills.  You know, the ones where we try to train you to run toe-heel, toe-heel.  It’s only because we care. No, really.  I don’t want you to end up with wonky knees or a bad back because you are too stubborn to run the right way, a way that takes much stress off your body.  

Here’s a challenge:  Take your shoes off, and run barefoot down the street.  Try to do your heel-toe method. I guarantee it will hurt.  You will naturally want to shock the impact of your body running by landing on the balls of your feet first.  Now, imagine what you are doing to your body, in a small way, every time you strike your heel on the ground when you run.  Multiply the miles over years, and you start to understand why we don’t give up you.  You have 1 3/4 miles to run in this WOD (that’s an about 5,110 steps).  Let’s fight the good fight for great positioning today one step at a time.

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    Hey all-

    Long time no see. I’ve been away from Verve the past 4 weeks (in case anyone didn’t notice). No, I was not mistaken as al-Qaeda, due to my once unruly beard, and sent to a black site. I’ve been out attempting to nurse my achilles injury back to 100%. It nagged for awhile and slowly got worse but the time off, treatments and mobility have it almost back to normal.

    The reason I’m writing is that I continue to watch the WOD’s everyday to try and modify them to what I can do at home. Today, I saw the headline “Why Pose Running?” and thought I’d chime in. To make a long story short I’d say “if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.”

    (Disclaimer*** This is by no means a condemnation on Pose running or especially to the quality training Cheri put into the Verve Pose running program. For those with great chronic running pain, I’d highly advise the Pose running sessions with Cheri.)

    If you don’t have great back pain, knee pain or pain in general when you run, I’d suggest you don’t worry about your running technique. I say this because I experimented with Pose running and it lead to my achilles injury. Prior to my Pose experiment, I ran pain free with no recurring running injuries. Being a former competitive track athlete and track coach I’ve always been interested in running techniques. I thought Pose was an interesting concept and I decided to try Pose running when the 1st classes were offered at Verve.

    Apparently it was not for me. The program was sound and started slow with gradual build ups with no dangers of over use or over training. However, after the 6 week program both my achilles had become inflamed and tender. I was not sure what had happened but the only thing I could think was the change in my running technique. After a little research, I came across several articles and studies that showed the pounding that was “taken away” from my knees, back and feet from my natural running technique had transferred to my ankle, calf and achilles.

    Here is a good article and link to studies if you want more information: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2007/09/running-technique-part-ii-scientific.html

    I just thought I’d throw this information out there so all of you can make the best informed decisions on how you want to train in the future. I’m hoping that in a couple a weeks I’ll feel healed and confident enough to return to Verve to resume training with all of you.

    Best of luck to all of you at Regionals and beyond!

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  8. Lex,

    Super interesting article and great information to be aware of!! Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on the issue! Though, really sorry that you’ve been working on an injury….that is never fun. =(

    The article seemed clear and well-researched. I found it helpful to read some of the comments after the article as well. One in particular stressed a point that I, as an athlete who tries to continue to learn, ask questions, and choose-my-own-adventure (self-advocate)) will keep in mind alongside what the article and what you, Lex, shared, as I continue working on my running (which S.U.C.K.S…ha, true story).

    Quoted text:

    “Very interesting and thorough work. I have learnt Pose along with barefoot running in an attempt to end 25 years or injuries. What I can say is that after 2 years, it does work but, and there is a catch, you cannot change your technique overnight. It took me a year to have calves & feet strong enough to run in the new way. Adaptations like this do not take weeks they take many months but they do happen in the end. It is like other sports in that you will not become a skilled tennis player in a month but in a year, maybe, running is no different. I am now running further and better than I have for over 20 years and I am thankful that there is a book like the Pose but that gives a formal framework for learning the skill. Before I learnt the method my running was miserable, I had heavy ‘stable’ running shoes and orthotics which I was told were absolutely necessary if I were to run. Unfortunately I fell for this nonsense and had 10 years of shin pain, hip pain and back pain. Now that is all gone. While learning Pose I have calf pulls, tendon soreness, these are all signs of too much too soon. I rarely get this now.”

    As I do have a crap-ton of knee pain, pose has offered me definite relief, but important to weigh that with where forces go elsewhere and, as always, to build slowly to avoid injury. A large fault of mine. Too much, too fast, too often. Reign it in, Tiff. 😉

    Great heads up on how to train, and even what techniques you CHOOSE to employ and equally important….WHY you choose them. I definitely respect that.

    Thanks again for some great information and ideas to consider.

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