Running Better With The Naked Runners

Written By BarefootDawsy

This weekend I had the chance to meet up with a pair of Australia’s best-known barefoot/minimalist runners – Dave Robertson and Silas Moss AKA the Naked Runners.

The Naked RunnersThenakedRunnersAndMeThe Naked Runners have been around for a few years now and have become a fixture in Newcastle, NSW with their Run Better workshops, which aim to help new runners learn to do it correctly. Recently, they’ve also taken a strong lead in getting the Parkrun movement happening in Newcastle, which has led to their local run being the largest in Australia.

Robbo and Mossy, as they call themselves, were down in Sydney to do one of their famous Run Better workshops – the first one ever in the Emerald City. Despite questionable weather conditions, turnout was good for the 1-hour session.

With on a short amount of time, they had their work cut out for them to deliver a clear, concise method that attendees could take home and practice. They did this remarkably well, bringing obvious experience to the workshop.

In a nutshell, the session consisted of a series of drills and explanations that took us all through their SOFT method of running, which the Naked Runners have promoted for quite some time on their blog and podcast. This method breaks down the basics of running into 4 categories –

Stride, which covers cadence and stride length
Over, discussing centre of gravity
Flat, promoting a gentle, midfoot strike
Tall, keeping good posture throughout

Overall the reception was very good, with a lot of positive remarks from the participants. It was clear that many of those who showed up took home a new perspective on how to run, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them adapting many of the techniques into their running going forward.

If you happen to be in Newcastle, I highly recommend signing up for one of the Naked Runners’ Run Better workshops if you’re interested in improving your running. Runners of all experience levels can all take something home from the lessons taught, and apart from this, it’s also a lot of fun.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the Naked Runners and the SOFT technique, please take the time to visit their website, or have a listen to their excellent podcast!

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