Learning how to run well is a continuous process. Each day your body is slightly different and part of the ‘art’ of running is developing an understanding of how to adapt according to how you feel.
Certainly, there is a universal set of rules that apply, for example you will always have a better run if you can stay relaxed and in control of your breath, rather than holding tension and gasping for air.
However, you are an individual and the aim shouldn’t be to become a clone of your favourite runner. Be more concerned with how your body is moving during your running cycle and progress towards discovering how best to use it, as well as addressing any restrictions that are getting in the way.
This is the philosophy at Barefoot Running UK. The goal when working with you is to provide you with the fundamentals and the confidence to get out there and continue to experiment.
"The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability -- consistency, a sane approach, moderation and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life."
- Bill Rodgers