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Master the Art of Running by Malcolm Balk
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Feb 29, 2012

it was ok
Read in January, 2012

The parts motivated by the Alexander Technique are pretty good, especially the emphasis on keeping the neck relaxed. I hear advice about keeping the shoulders relaxed a lot, but those two areas work together. Where this book really falters is when it advances the hot nonsense of Pose technique. Pose, for those unfamiliar, is a school of running created by some dude from Russia and brought to America because too many Eastern Europeans are really good at physics, and when they are instructed to run on a flat surface by "using gravity rather than muscles to go forward" they scrunch up their faces at how a downward force vector magically becomes a horizontal one.

Thankfully, many Americans don't know physics, and apparently never suffered childhood disappointments at the limitations of slinkies and skateboards, and think this is a good idea. The inclusion of Pose was particularly disappointing because Alexander Technique, from what I understand, is about not overthinking things and letting the body do what it naturally wants to do, which would complement a Steve Magness/Tom Tellez understanding of biomechanics.
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