LMUR Principles

With rare exception, every one of us was born with perfect posture and biomechanics. However, influenced by modern cultural models, we altered our postures, leaving us with a mechanical system that is out of balance, resulting in injury, chronic pain and loss of activities.

The good news is that we still have the same parts that we were born with and can regain this balanced posture, apply it to our everyday activities and regain the active life we were born to live.

Notice how a baby sits. The spine is long and appears straight. Babies sit and move with ease, belly relaxed. Visit a soccer field and watch 7-year-olds play. They run up and down the field with smiles on their faces, moving effortlessly, with ease and enjoyment across their faces.

Now picture a teenager sitting at a computer, shoulders slouched, arms forward, spine curved toward the monitor. The teenager is able to sit in a balanced way, but has adapted this posture after unconsciously mimicking others.

Carry the process forward to an adult who is inactive much of their days, works at a computer or desk, and goes out a couple of days a week for a run. After running, they may report that their feet hurt, they have ‘bad knees’, or that they’re just not a runner.

The truth is that as human beings we are designed to move and to run for the entirety of our lifespan. But there is a consequence to the modifications that most of us have made to our posture and mechanics, as evidenced by statistics that estimate that 80% of runners are sidelined with pain or injury every year. For this many people to be hurt doing something as simple as running, something must be fundamentally wrong.

How could it be that so many people can be injured doing something that is perfectly natural? And why is it that others – such as “Dipsea Demon” Jack Kirk, who ran the grueling 7.5 mile Dipsea trail run for 68 consecutive years, winning twice, his last run at age 95 – continue to run into old age?

Many people would say it’s because some people are runners and others are not. While it’s true that we have individual differences in height, weight and anthropomorphic variables, we were provided a musculoskeletal system perfectly designed to run. We may vary in our speeds and distances, but not in our fundamental ability to run.

Long May U Run is based upon the following beliefs.

  • The human body is perfectly designed to run, walk and be physically active throughout the lifespan.
  • Pain and injury are not inevitable consequences of running or aging.
  • Running is an enjoyable activity, accessible to all of us, that can be practiced with ease!
  • We can all learn the fundamental balanced form techniques and apply them to lifelong running and a long, healthy, active life.

Long May U Run Clinics are designed to teach you the fundamental principles of a balanced posture, apply them to running and practice them.

1)   We begin with the underlying principles – how we got out of balance and how we can regain naturally balanced biomechanics.

2)   We then learn how to apply the techniques to everyday activities and to running. It is important to apply the techniques to all of your activities so that you are not creating imbalances in your everyday life that will have an impact when you run.

3)   Lastly, we practice the techniques on a running track. Biomechanist and Long May U Run founder Mary Williams, MSEd, CPE, will personally work with each participant as they incorporate the techniques into their running form.

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