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Running Form: How to Run Faster and Prevent Injury

by Owen Anderson Human Kinetics
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Pbk 232 pages
AU$44.99 NZ$47.82
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For many runners, running technique is an afterthought—one they don’t think about until an injury or plateau keeps them from achieving their goals. Running Form underscores the importance of proper form and shows you how to elevate your performance to the greatest possible extent with the smallest risk of injury.


Owen Anderson, PhD, is a coach to elite runners from around the globe. In Running Form, he describes the common problem of runners moving on “square wheels” by braking with each step, adopting inefficient stances, or risking injury with excessive ground impact. He pinpoints the components of good form—foot-strike, shin and shank angle, stance time, cadence, body lean, and posture—to help you understand where you can make small changes that offer significant improvements.


Then, using a basic video camera or smartphone, you can analyze your own form and apply specific drills and exercises to correct any deficiencies. Numerous photos incorporate lines and arrows to help you clearly identify the appropriate angles and movements of sound technique. No expensive software or biomechanics degree is required to learn how to run faster and with more efficiency and to significantly reduce your risk of injury.


 Get rid of those running patterns that hurt performance and destroy running economy. Running Form gives you the knowledge to perfect your running form so you can train consistently and improve with each stride.


Introduction. The Importance of Form

Part I. Why Form Matters

Chapter 1. Traditional Views on Form

Chapter 2. Comparing Ordinary and Elite Runners

Chapter 3. The Elements of Form

Chapter 4. How Form Can Enhance Performance and Prevent Injury

Part II. Assessing and Improving Form

Chapter 5. Assessing Form

Chapter 6. Improving Foot-Strike Patterns

Chapter 7. Upgrading Shank Angle

Chapter 8. Shortening Stance Time and Increasing Cadence

Chapter 9. Improving Body Lean

Chapter 10. Promoting Positive Posture

Chapter 11. Putting It All Together

Part III. Form Factors for Running Success

Chapter 12. Running Shoes

Chapter 13. Performance, Gender, and Age-Based Differences in Form

Chapter 14. Running-Specific Strength Training

Chapter 15. Integrating Form Work Into Your Seasonal Training



About the Author

Owen Anderson, PhD, has been a regular contributor to Runner’s World, Running Times, Shape, Men’s Health, Peak Performance, National Geographic Adventure, and Sports Injury Bulletin. He is the author of Running Science (Human Kinetics, 2013). Anderson has written extensively on the topic of strength training for running and developed the neural system of training. This system diminishes the emphasis on mileage and promotes the use of high-quality running and the progression of running-specific strength training to achieve optimal running fitness.


 Anderson is the founder of Lansing Sports Management, which coaches elite athletes from Kenya and manages their international competitions. He has enjoyed a successful career coaching runners of all levels, including notables such as Benjamin Simatei, the winner of the Park Forest 10-mile race in Chicago, Illinois, and Chemtai Rionotukei, who in 2012 and 2013 had six victories, two course records, and 14 top-four finishes in road races around the United States, including a win at the 2013 Fifth Third River Bank 25K in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


 Anderson is the race director of the annual Lansing Marathon, Lansing Half Marathon, and Ekiden Relay. In addition, he hosts running camps throughout the United States, including the Lansing Marathon Running Camp in Thetford Center, Vermont. He is also the CEO of Lansing Moves the World, a nonprofit foundation that coordinates three projects, including an after-school program for children age 9 to 14, a tree planting program in east Africa, and a program for families and children victimized by the recent violence in the Tana River Delta district of Kenya.