Being fit and trim has always been one of the many reasons I like running so much. When I’ve been consistently running I’ve done pretty well on the “fit” part; OK on the “trim” part. To that extent one could say I run for vain reasons.
I’ve never been driven by vanity when it comes to my actual running. All decisions around clothing, shoes, form, etc. have been driven completely by functionality. Over the years I’ve sometimes heard “You’re going to wear that?!?!”
As I’ve been learning The Pose Method of running (motivated, if you’ve been here before, by the need to get over some injuries) I’ve spent a fair amount of time looking at video of people running. Some of this video has been of me, some has been video of others implementing Pose techniques correctly. Much of that time, literally, has been spent advancing frame by frame through a video segment, watching the relative movement of limbs, zooming in on the position of the foot at landing, etc. In essence, I’ve been looking at running very technically.
When I figuratively step back and look at those videos (the good ones – not mine) in a holistic way, however, and watch good runners run I’m struck at how fluid and beautiful the movement can be. You’ll find below some segments I’ve found particularly enjoyable.
I guess I’m adding another dimension of vanity to my running: I hope to look like these people some day – running with an apparent ease that is counter to the mainstream reputation held by many.
Video of Jacky, a Pose coach in Europe, from various angles, including some barefoot segments:
A comparison of running styles:
This video shows Jeremy Huffman (my Pose coach) demonstrating Pose running at various speeds, including walking.