Nick (14) Teaches FitOldDog (68) How To Run


Hi folks,

A lot of things have to come together for a good run technique, especially if you want to remain injury free. I’ve worked on this for years, and had plenty of problems, but once I focused on learning low impact, non-heel strike running the major injuries became a thing of the past, and I just work with minor strains from time to time. One thing that does help me a lot is to watch other runners, especially Nick (Deb’s youngest son), who is a natural athlete. He runs fast with what I consider a minimum of training, and he is so relaxed, with a long stride, his heels seem to kick halfway up his back, and he has a natural rhythm. I find that emulating Nick, along with some great coaching from my number two son, Duncan, is improving my run considerably.

Here is a short video of the three of us running, and I was pleased to note that I was pretty relaxed, seeing that I had just come off of a 60-mile bike ride. Our athlete and photographer friend, Meg, shot the footage using my Blackberry, which I still find hard to believe. It would appear that being impressed by technology is a definite sign of aging!

FitOldDog’s advice is that old dogs can learn new tricks from young pups.

-k @FitOldDog


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.