World Class Runners Same Form as Running on Ice.

3 Comments May 1, 2008 / Posted in Running Form & Style

This video gives a very convincing visual of the Pose Running Method. This keeps one aware that the turnover rate of 180 steps a minute is just the beginning when learning to run in good form and style. Back to my old saying: Running is a dance. You can do it gracefully or clumsily. Go for the grace!

3 Comments... What do you think? Subscribe via RSS
  1. Karen said on July 19th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I have been a “toe” runner for so long, actually more landing on the bone under the big toe… is this poor form? I would love feedback… Thanks, Ozzie! ~Karen

  2. Ozzie Gontang said on July 20th, 2008 at 4:05 am


    While people call this toe running, it is a misnomer. If you march in place you’ll see that you’ll land on the ball of the foot. The ball of the foot is not under, rather just behind the big toe. What I’ve been teaching and speaking about for years, the same with Nicholas Romanov of the Pose Method and Danny and Katherine Dreyer with their ChiRunning.

    For those of us who have been ball/heel proponents, you are in good form. The problem with heel strikers is that to hit on the back of the heel of the shoe, you have to be overstriding. That means that ever step with heel striking for the general runner/jogger is a deceleration.

    If you run barefoot, you’ll see that you quickly learn not to hit on the back of the heel of the foot, as it hurts too much. With ball/heel one learns to run lightly over the surface of the earth. Vertical displacement or excessive movement up and down is unnecessary for the ball/heel runner.

    In health and on the run,

  3. Mindful Running: Running on Thin Ice said on October 5th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    […] an earlier piece I wrote about Running form and attached a picture of Nicholas Romanov, founder of Pose Method, […]

Join the discussion by leaving a comment...

How do I change my avatar?

Go to and upload your preferred avatar.

Please visit WP-Admin > Options > Snap Shots and enter the Snap Shots key. How to find your key