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"By following the concepts laid out in Evolution Running, athletes will become more economical -- conserve precious energy, experience far fewer injuries and race faster." --Joe Friel, author "The Triathlete's Training Bible"
"Despite my relatively experienced background in running, I have made great gains in technique and speed through Ken's expertise and Evolution Running. Very few runners have naturally perfect technique. Ken's keen eye and attention to detail have addressed very subtle flaws in my running technique that have slowed me down and contributed to various injuries. Evolution Running has helped me to correct those flaws—the difference is amazing. I am healthier and run faster with much less effort as a result of Evolution Running." - Margie Shapiro, 2005 I.T.U. Overall Female World Champion
I have the video, and watch it regularly. It has helped me improve my form at this late date. I wish I had had it 15 years ago. --James Dicker
"Every year after I graduated from college, I have improved in triathlon, but my running speed has slowed. After implementing Evolution Running techniques and without changing my training volume, 2001 is the first year of my multisport career that my running times have improved from the previous year. And so have my triathlon performances. I ran 1:48 faster at Nationals in 2001 than in 2000! I only wish someone had taught me these techniques in college!" - Eric Sorensen, former NCAA division 1 runner and world top-10 amateur triathlete
"I've emailed you in the past about plyometric drills and inquired about the Evolution Running DVD. It came in the mail today and immediately after watching it I asked myself, "why did I wait so long to get it?". After 3-4 years of injury-plagued running, mostly shins, I am finally really optimistic about my running. As it turns out I was a forefoot runner, but overused my calf/soleus and underused my hip-flexors/hamstrings. And downhill running was a killer for me. Well, not anymore. I just wanted to thank you for putting this DVD together." -Paul Bregin
"...we bought your book and DVD and have been practicing the techniques. I must say WHAT a difference in effort! The savings in power and effort are amazing and the stress on the ankles and shins is significantly relieved. Practice will be the key for sure as it does take some getting used to and coordinating it all so that you aren't too bouncy or too overly concentrated on landing on the forefoot." -- Elisa
I have to say my running is something I have been working very hard with Ken Mierke this year, and am really seeing results now. I just wanted to pass on that I am still in base period and have done almost no fast training, and yet ran a 10K PR. It was obvious to me that the form worked as I was around people who had to labor a lot more to keep the pace. Eventually all of them dropped off, and I nearly caught the second place overall finisher. Thanks Ken for the great advice! --Adam Zucco
Last night in run training with the University of Toronto Tri club, we were doing 600m intervals. With my higher cadence and forefoot running, I was able to consistently outpace a pal who had always been faster than me. The efficiency I've learned from your book is my "secret weapon" that helps me enjoy racing more, and achieve better results to boot! I saw a write-up of your video in the latest Inside Triathlon magazine. I'll put it on my Father's day wish list!" --John Selles
"About six months ago, I bought your DVD about Evolution Running. It was just what I was looking for to help me get back into running, as well as explain the reasons for what I was teaching to my high school track and cross country athletes. One of my athletes really took to the Evolution Running concepts so well, that he finished his first season injury free!!! This runner has been so stubborn about changing his stride that he would not listen to us.
Once he saw your DVD, it all made sense to him about what we had been asking him to do. My only disappointment is that the runner has now graduated and I cannot improve upon what he had done this year. So, I would like to thank you for what you presented in your DVD and to let you know that I am going to show it to all my incoming freshman and use it for a review for the rest of the team each season.... --Tony Koenings
"Being in the military, I've seen so many people incur injuries from running, including myself. I've started using the techniques and doing the drills and can't believe the improvements it has allowed me to do in my PT test running times. After the required two miles, my thighs don't even feel like they ran. Prior to Evolution Running, after the first 1/2 mile, my thighs felt so taxed it made the run an absolute grueling feat. - Darren Robinson
"Just a quick thank you from Down Under. Diligently applying your thoughts from reading your book and Evolution Running DVD (12 months ago), my times have been reduced -somewhat ridiculously. Running a fresh marathon last month (a 3.05 PB was dropped to 2.48), my off the bike splits have also dropped by a massive 15%. As a Physical Therapist I grasped your biomechanical concepts quickly and complied with your predicted adaptation advice. Well done mate, truly remarkable advice. -Brad Pamp, Sydney, Australia
I bought your DVD Evolution Running four months ago and I have been very impressed with the results. I am a big guy at 6'3" and 215 lbs. I never used to like running as my legs always hurt from all of the pounding I took from running heel to toe Needless to say, I really enjoy running now and do so consistently 3 days per week. My legs feel great and I am able to regularly add distance and reduce my avg time per mile. - Dave Fernandez
I started practicing the quicker tempo, foot landing better under my feet and the downhill running techniques and I was amazed at how I was flying (for the first few miles; then starting running out of breath; will have to get aerobic to catch up with my faster running again). Also seems to be very very good for the plantar fasciitis. Even though I'm only beginning to attempt the non-weighted heels, already felt very good improvement, and best of all, my quads are feeling great tonight after a faster than usual very hilly 6.3 mile run. Thanks so much! I think this is really going to work well for me. - Jane Meyer
I am a former heel strike runner, 33 years old, started triathlon in 2007, preparing for my first Ironman on 06/22/08 (Nice). I have always been plagued with knee issues which have constrained my running performances. Last year, I got into a bike accident and ruptured my PCL on my right knee. As a result, I was condemned by my doctor to reduce my mileage and run only on flat course to avoid stressing my knee (with developing tendonitis). The outlook was bleak. It took me a month to recuperate from a marathon with a lot of physical therapy, because of various knee pains.
One day, I decided to buy your book and your dvd and practiced the exercises for 2 months. I even asked my coach to videotape my run to see the difference (before / after). Changing the posture, striking with the ball of the foot, trying to touch as lightly as possible with the heel and working on the pace was key. I had to relearn everything, taking baby steps, but once my body got used to it (gluteus, calves...) , the results were incredible. I was able to increase my speed by 7% running a half marathon at 7:30 pace with much less effort. It has also helped me run on the downhills w/o injury, which has now become my secret competitive weapon (when everybody is "breaking", I accelerate!). Best of all, no knee pain after the run, and 1 day recuperation after a half ironman. I recommend your book and DVD to anybody I know who had a knee injury. It has worked wonders for me. Thank you so much!!!!- Mathieu Stremsdoerfer, Triathlete
I bought and read the book, TRIATHLETE'S GUIDE TO RUN TRAINING. I practiced the described running style for two weeks (~six practice sessions). Then, I ran a timed-test 1.5 miles. The results? An incredible TWO MINUTES faster!! (From 17:23 previously to 15:25). Every training run since then has generally included notable improvements on benchmarks. I also later ran a tested time-trial one-mile run. My improvement? From 10:23 to 9:49.
As can be seen, I am not a very good runner. It appears that, at least in my case, improving running style like that in Evolution Running has the potential to dramatically improve run performance for poor runners. --RUNNER: 53-year old, 215 lb male
response: You aren't a "poor" runner. There are lots of runners faster than you, but there are also plenty of slower runners. Go out to the local 5K and you definitely wouldn't be last. It all depends on who you compare yourself to. Remember that you are in the 90-something percentile just for being able to run 1.5 miles. --Coach Ken Mierke
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