There are three main characters that appear in almost all running technique stories; the good, the bad and the ugly.
Rarely seen outside the developing world, except in BBC documentaries and televised athletic events, this runner is Mother Nature’s poster boy (or girl) for natural function.
The defining characteristics of an upright posture, relaxed rhythm and animal-like elasticity are found in the best of natural runners such as the Tarahumara, the Bushmen and the East Africans and contribute to their legendary speed, endurance and resilience against injury. In fact, this running style is probably the signature movement pattern for homo sapiens, and it would be logical to assume that the benefits associated with adopting it should outweigh any inherent risks.
Unfortunately, as all BTR coaches know most ‘beautiful hypotheses’ are ruined by ugly facts and in this case the ugly fact is the modern shoe- shaped foot.