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Does Running Hurt, Is Running Fun?

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Know any “addicted” runners who are out there, every day, without fail, even in the worst conditions? The ones who say, “You don’t know what you’re missing!” What IS it with them? Simple: they remember the childhood joy of running just for fun.

What happened to your joy? Some time over the years, parents or coaches taught you the “correct posture” – and you lost your natural form and the intrinsic pleasure of running. You learned to walk and run like everyone else, leaning back, crashing down on your heels, abusing your legs, knees, ankles, feet, etc.

Christopher McDougall’s new book Born to Run has caused a stir in the running community. McDougall recounts how the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico, who have been hidden away in canyons for centuries, never adopted Western movement patterns. They continue to run as their ancestors ran – for hundreds of miles a day, up and down canyons.

Unlearn your bad habits and re-learn what the Tarahumara have never forgotten. Sorry Nike, it’s not the shoe that makes the runner. In fact, studies have shown that the more expensive the shoe, the higher the rate of injuries. In the last 40 years, as shoes have gotten more highly engineered, injury rates have soared, and people are running slower. Americans now have trouble qualifying for the Olympic marathon, at 2:20 for men. But 35 years ago, the amateur club in Boston had 6 men who could run a marathon in under 2:15.

While I operated my clinic in Arizona I treated many runners, including Olympic middle and long-distance runners. In the running study we did with Arizona State University, the group that got Rolfed and re-learned a natural running style not only healed their injuries, they also set new personal records. The part I liked the most: their love of running returned. It was fun again. All this was possible because these runners learned how to use gravity and their body’s structure to do the work, rather than overworking joints and muscles that do not naturally get pounded when you run correctly.

On Saturday, May 22, Running Flow™ is offering a 3- hour running clinic to re-teach you your natural form so you can run free like a kid again– injury-free and joyfully. For more information about the workshop, check out or call Theresa at 208-661-8530. Bring your running partner, and learn together.

Owen Marcus, MA Certified Advance Rolfer,, 265.8440.

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admin May 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thanks Sandpoint – the clinic was a success. We are planning more through the summer and the winter. Stay tune through our site:


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