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When I was 40 years old, my best 10 Kilometre time was 36 minutes 36 seconds, but 15 years later I was almost 5 minutes faster and became the oldest person to break the 32 minute barrier. So what changed? Why was I older yet faster?
I attribute most of the extra speed to technique improvements. Some runners are dismissive of technique change, saying I am a unique case. This is not true. I used to over-stride with a big heel strike and I suffered badly from shin splints, serious runner's knee problems and soreness after every run.
Over the last decade I have been training with and observing some of Australia’s best runners. My discovery is that the quickest runners that stay injury-free move in a similar way. With this insight, decades of sports coaching experience, and with a healthy interest in physics, I now understand how to run efficiently and fast.
Through my unique technique-change sessions (Keithbatemancoaching.com), continually refined over the past three years, I have enabled hundreds of runners of all levels to run smoother, faster, and further by improving or rebuilding their technique. I have now gathered sufficient evidence to show my methods work extremely well. I am delighted that Sean Williams, a coach of Australian elite runners, regularly refers runners to me for technique analysis and help.
This book is based on my sessions and it will help you to run smooth, faster and further.
I am excited to be working closely with podiatrist Heidi Jones, (Dip.Pod., MA.Pod.A) an experienced runner and an expert at fixing runners’ problems and helping them to move away from orthotics through strengthening exercises in conjunction with better technique.