Investing in mastering the art of running will provide major dividends. Improving your running efficiency will provide years of enjoyment and reduce the amount of stress on your body, thereby minimizing the possibility of an injury. Seeing someone run effortlessly is a thing of beauty-but it’s extremely rare. Runners tend to be inefficient and loud with their running and it’s always a constant struggle…physically and mentally.
It’s extremely gratifying to spend time with a runner interested in improving their running form. It’s an opportunity to teach and coach on an entirely new level. And nothing is better than witnessing a runner experience an epiphany that running can actually be easier and more enjoyable with less effort. The act of running is so simple and easy in theory…but ask any runner how many runs that truly feel effortless and the silence is deafening.
It surprises me how many runners assume that running is always going to be a struggle and not attempt to improve their form. Laura Gassner Otting is NOT one of them. She has been inquisitive from the moment I met her…always operating in the spirit of continuous improvement…the consummate student of running. Here is what she had to say about our time together:
“I ran my first mile ever less than three years ago. On April 21st, I will finish the Boston Marathon. And, when I do, my heartiest thanks will go to Rick Muhr, running coach extraordinaire.
It would be a fortunate thing if Rick was just an excellent diagnostician of form and master mechanic of technique. It would be amazing if he paired this talent with an unmatched knowledge of fuel, hydration, and gear. And it would be yet even more unbelievable if he combined the two with a can-do spirit and joy of the sport that is infectious beyond compare. And, how incredibly lucky for me that he has all of these in spades.
It’s simply impossible to be around Rick and not want to run better, faster, and farther than you’ve ever run before. And lucky for you, he’ll help you do this as he did for me, by teaching how to run more efficiently and effectively. It is no exaggeration to say that Rick has single-handedly changed what I am capable of doing come the marathon, and for that, I can’t thank him enough!” -Laura Gassner Otting- 2012 Boston Marathon
Thank you for allowing me to be your coach, Laura!