The Running Revolution – book review

The Running Revolution
By Dr Nicholas Romanov with Kurt Brungardt

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I first came across the Pose Method of running as outlined by Dr Romanov over ten years ago when a former pupil from Hebron School, Peter McKnight, told me about it when we were out for a run.

At the time I was having some problems with my calves and thought it would be good to try a different way of running. I don’t think I went 100% with the method as it does take a lot of practice and effort but I did consciously try and land on my forefoot rather than heal striking and to lean forward rather than back.

Over the last ten years there have been a variety of books encouraging runners to try and find a more natural way to run rather than relying on lots of cushioning on the heal.

When I was sent a copy of Dr. Romanov’s latest book I was looking forward to reading it and seeing how his ideas have developed. This book with co written with Kurt Brungardt who has twenty years of writing about exercise.

The book is in four parts and is the sort of book that if you do it properly and to the letter will take you many weeks to work through. I have read it while on holiday so I’ve not done all the programme but I will aim to give you an idea of the content.

Part 1 Preparing for the Pose
In these seven chapters the authors outline the principles of the Pose Method of running. I found these chapters really helpful as it gives you the background to this way of running and how it works together.

They encourage runners to keep a journal and also how to video yourself so you can monitor improvement and progress. There is also a helpful chapter on choosing the right shoes to be able to practice the Pose Method of running.

Part 2 Ten Lessons
These ten lessons are the heart of the book and if followed carefully will help runners change their running style to one which is more natural and helps prevent injury according to the authors.

The ten lessons cover each of the main elements in the technique and build up lesson on lesson. Each chapter is carefully explained with lots of pictures and explanations and would be easy to follow.

As I mentioned I’ve not put these chapters into practice so I can’t say how easy/hard it would be to follow. I’m now 58 and have been running regularly since I was about 14 years old so I do wonder whether it’s too late for me to try and change how I run but having said that I have altered my style but maybe not to fully take in the Pose Method.

I’m injured at the moment with a sore Tibilais Posterior Tendon injury and I’m wondering whether it would be a good idea to do follow these chapters when I’m able to run again. My particular problem is that I have a bunion on my right foot which does alter how I land and push off which is my particular problem!

The technique encourages a forefront landing so maybe that would be helpful for me so watch this space!

Part 3 The Running Circuit
Going to the Next Level

This next section is a nine week transition period to help the runner move on. It is all about quality over quantity. There are chapters on becoming your own coach and various exercises to strengthen your core.

Part 4 Take it the limit

The final section of the book gives the runner various programmes for running a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon.

Overall I found the book really helpful for someone who is looking to change their running style to the Pose Method of running. It will take a lot of discipline and time but would be well worth it.

I think there are various courses you can take and on line videos you can sign up for to help with the transition.

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