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      A new study of runners at Harvard University concluded that while it was hard to predict with certainty who would get hurt, those runners who landed on their heels were considerably more likely to get hurt than forefoot or mid-foot strikers, often multiple times during a year.
     But before you run barefoot or buy a pair of minimal-support shoes — both of which may make heel-striking less likely  — the researchers urge caution.  “If you’re not getting hurt,” one author of the study, Dr. Lieberman, says, “then absolutely [don’t change your footwear.] If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”  However, says co-author Mr. Daoud, “if you have experienced injury after injury and you’re a heel-striker, it might be worth considering a change.”  For more about the study, see this New York Times article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/why-runners-get-injured/


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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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