"I have been barefoot running for about five years injury free and thought I didn't need a coaching session however decided it wouldn't do any harm as I know my standing posture can be pretty poor so I imagined it would affect my running posture. I now recommend these sessions to anyone considering barefoot running or has been running for a while. I learnt so much and it is only due to very good luck that I haven't picked up an injury because my technique was less than perfect. I valued Jonno's gently encouraging style and now enjoy my running even more as well as having a bunch of exercises that have helped me loosen up and improve my posture standing, walking as well as running. If you are considering a session - do it!"
Cassie Patten is an Olympic Bronze medallist in the 10km swim and won silver at the World Champs too - having retired from competitive swimming she has recently announced her intension to turn her focus to Triathlon, particularly Ironman. Obviously her swimming is amazing so she should be first out of the water but that's where the work begins as Cassie has spent her life swimming with limited biking and running. As we know, technique is everything and I was only too pleased to be able to help Cassie with her running form which once perfected will give her an efficient and effective run off the bike. We will be working all winter on technique but this is what Cassie had to say after our initial session:
'I have been a competitive swimmer my whole life until injury forced me into retirement and onto dry land. I wanted to take up running to stay fit, but due to poor running technique I kept suffering injuries. I was recommended that I visit a running coach by a friend who competes in Ironman so I contacted Jonno and had my running assessed and filmed. Watching it back I was amazed how heavy footed and laboured it was. After an hour of drills and skills I was filmed again and it looked like a different person. In fact I looked and felt like I was running like a rhino at the beginning of the session - after which I was transformed into a gazelle! I am now planning to compete at Triathlons myself and I highly recommend anyone who wants to improve their running to contact Jonno for their own running transformation.'
I'm often asked if any well known athletes run with the barefoot technique and my reply is always the same - the fastest and best elites in the world all run with a natural and barefoot technique - it's just that they wear shoes and don't call it 'barefoot'.
Here's a perfect example - the Brownlee brothers, currently the World's most talented Olympic distance triathletes...awesome technique allowing them to run at insane speeds having already done an intense swim and bike ride.
Check out the following video and spot the upright posture, forefoot contact and barefoot drills.