Change Your Running Style for Longer Distances and Improved Times with Zero Pain

I once had a conversation with a fellow sport-science professor in which he dismissed the bestseller Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall as a bastardization of sound coaching advice. He framed McDougall as an amateur and asserted that better books had come along since — ones written by real running coaches.

Well, to this I say that just because a writer doesn’t have a graduate degree in a particular area, doesn’t mean that he or she hasn’t done the research. Take Michael Pollan’s work as a prime…


At this point of my life, I am a very lean guy. “You look like a runner” is the comment I most often hear these days (though, truth be told, I only run a little here and there as part of my weekly cardio — no serious distance running). Twenty years ago, I had a very different body type: much more muscular with a little more body fat as well. Today, I am utilizing another section of the gym’s dumbbell rack, and my wardrobe is mostly size medium.

Summer before last, however, I knew a photo shoot for my business…


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Music to the ears of this wellness professor. It is, indeed, progress that the WHO now defines health in a manner historically reserved for the more comprehensive, umbrella term “wellness.” In my estimation, this elevates areas that have been deemphasized in the past — topics such as mental/emotional health and physical fitness — to a much higher status. So, following the definition of “complete physical, mental and social well-being,” is it possible for…


Since the mid 1990s, we’ve been listening to policy makers emphasize the importance of regular physical activity. The day before the start of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the first Surgeon General’s report on physical activity and health. This was a milestone report, one often compared to the Surgeon General’s 1964 report on smoking. However, in contrast to the smoking document that shook the foundations of an unhealthy industry, the report on physical activity has not had the same impact. In fact, over the last 25 years the numbers of…

Miller Chandler

I write about all things exercise physiology. MS in Exercise & Nutrition Science. ACSM/ACE Certified. Owner, Foundation Wellness, LLC.

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