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Knowing Your Body

When you hit the trail or track there are constant forces working on your body that you cannot change. Newton’s Laws of Motion, anyone? The good news is by working on your balance, stability and durability, you can learn to have more economy of movement and thus experience less stress per stride.

Your own personal anatomy also impacts how you move–that ankle you sprained in junior high will mean you have different needs than your running buddy with the perpetually tight IT band.

Jay breaks down the basics of biomechanics so you can show up ready to run.

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The Demands of Running

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Anatomy 101

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