Last week I together with Run Radio Executive Producer Marga Deona were among the attendees of the “The Science of Running” clinic presented by RUNNR Academy. The clinic was originally a 50-slots-only event but the number of registered hopefuls reached 100+ prompting the organizers to stretch the slots to a max of 80 attendees. The huge number of interested registrants is understandable because the topics were pretty interesting and relevant. As for me, I can fairly say that whatever (little) knowledge I have were truly reinforced and additional learnings were gathered from attending this.
Since there were some who were not be able to attend, let me share to you folks my notes. Hopefully, these will prove to be useful knowledge to you all as it is for me. Since this will be a long post, I decided to divide this into three parts. The first (this post) being the event’s press release, the second for my notes on Mr. Adrian Mok’s talk and the third and last, my notes on Mr. Arland Macasieb’s portion and part of the Q&A.
Top Runners Talks on the Science of Running
The Runnr Academy recently conducted a running clinic entitled “The Science of Running” at the Runnr store in B3, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.
The clinic featured two of top-ranked athletes namely, Filipino-American Arland Macasieb and Singaporean Adrian Mok. Arland, a professional triathlete, exercise physiologist, and bronze medalist-triathlon (2005 and 2007), shared valuable tips on “Optimal Running Technique”, while Adrian, the 2008 ALPS marathon contender and participant in the Ironman world championship in Hawaii in 2004, discussed “Heart Rate Training for Running”.
The Runnr Academy is part of the Runnr specialty store’s sports development program focused on promoting the sport of running. The clinic was sponsored by Polar and Newton, two top brands available at Runnr. Polar is the world’s leading maker of heat rate monitors, while Newton is the revolutionary new shoe brand that uses technology based on Newton’s law of motion.
Macasieb, 33, holds an MA in Exercise from the Montclair State University. The three-time Philippine National Triathlon champion (2001, 2005, and 2006) and six-time Ironman finisher talked about common running errors among recreational runners; attributes of elite runners; running posture and tools, drills and skills; and formula for speed. He is looking to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the 2012 Summer Olympics-Triathlon in London. Says Macasieb, “I want to help develop and grow the sport of triathlon and speed skating in both in the United States and in the Philippines.”
Mok, an accomplished athlete in endurance sports who has represented Singapore for triathlon on a national level, will talk about running at the right intensity to improve performance, and pairing training goals with the right heart-rate zone. He works as the general manager of Polar Electro Singapore and owns a local sports outfit. Mok, who also takes credit for bringing Ironman 70.3 to Singapore, says he is a true advocate of a healthy and active lifestyle.
RUNNR is the first world-class running specialty store in the country. Located in B3, Bonifacio High Street, RUNNR is the first and only specialty store of its kind with all manner of runners in mind.
RUNNR has the best running gear from all the top brands such as Adidas, Asics, Fuelbelt, Hammer, Mizuno, Nathan, New Balance, Nike, Polar and many more. It is also the first to launch the revolutionary line of Newton Running Shoes and CW-X compression apparel in the country.
RUNNR features an exclusive Footworx Fitting process, a combination of three, state-of-the-art technologies: the Footprint Scanning, High-Speed Video Gait Analysis, and the Custom Insole Molding. The store is the first and only store in the country (and possibly the world) to offer all three technologies under one roof.
A team of highly trained staff can take each customer through the Footworx fitting process to be able to offer accurate and comprehensive recommendations based on an individual foot type and gait characteristics. First, foot morphology is analyzed using the RUNNR Podoscope, which uses two combined features: a thermodynamic scanning system for viewing the foot print and direct measurement of foot and arch dimensions which determine foot type. Second, using the high-speed video gait analysis, customers will run on a treadmill while the camera captures the way they run, checking their pronation angle as they go through their normal gait cycle. They can compare different shoe to find the one that works best for them. Lastly, RUNNR offers the ‘Flashfit’ custom insole molding process where insoles are heat-treated to make the perfect insoles in while you wait.
These customized services ensure that whatever one’s requirements as a runner, the shoes and optional insoles minimize foot instability for better shock absorption, and minimize fatigue while reducing the chances of injury.
RUNNR is the brainchild of the people behind Toby’s Sports, the country’s largest and most popular sports retail chain.
Other running gears available at RUNNR include Fuelbelt and Nathan hydration packs, Polar heart-rate monitors, and will be the first to market the revolutionary line of Newton running shoes in the Philippines.