If you want to run your fastest or even your first 5k/10k,/Biathlon/Triathlon, the Post-Normal Running Program is designed to help you achieve your goals while completely changing the way you think and feel about running.

Starting February 20th, this immersive, 6 week training program is intended for all levels of runners, biathletes, and triathletes. Group training sessions will start at 6pm, Monday and Wednesday nights, at the Gulfport High School track and Saturday at 8am at Courthouse Pier for long group runs.   In addition to the group training, there will be homework elements throughout the week.

The Post-Normal Running Program has been created to:

·       Address how we stabilize the spine in a neutral position

·       Promote an efficient running form that focuses on a sustainable economy of motion

·       Develop the lost art of proper breathing mechanics

·       And gradually rebuild our feet after years of neglect

These topics and many others are thoroughly addressed in order to gain a better sense of how we move throughout the day and how to perform more effectively during a wide range of fitness activities, not just running.

It is important to note that The Post-Normal Running Program is not simply a Couch To 5K program. It is not a schedule of runs that increase in distance slightly each week, like other cookie cutter classes. And it is not a generic app you download for your phone. Generic programs lead to generic results.

The majority of The Program focuses on skill acquisition. We practice breathing skills. We learn to stand efficiently and functionally. We practice functional drills to reinforce stability and experience optimum running mechanics. And we develop mental skills to assess and organize our own form throughout our efforts.

By the end of the Post-Normal Running Program, because they have acquired the skills to improve their efficiency, our athletes are faster, go further, and feel better.  To experience the difference the Post-Normal Running Program can make in your performance, contact Jon, and sign up today!

Notes From Jon:

Watch a young child run. Most children under the age of 9 are experts. You'll notice: a high heel pull, their feet strike quickly and efficiently under their center of gravity, they have a high cadence, and they use a slight forward lean which is supported by an engaged core.

Now watch a typical adult try to run. When you stop laughing, think about what has happened to our beautiful running forms that we all had when we first started going to school. Then look at people as they stand in line to get their coffee in the morning. Look at the angle of their hips and shoulders. Are they level? Look at the placement of their feet. Are they under the center of mass, equally balancing the body weight? Look at their neck and their chest. Is their head slouching forward? Is their chest slightly collapsed from the weight of their overhanging head? Now think about how you stand. Think about how you run.

Our modern habits have KILLED most of our natural capacity and skills. After 12 years (or more!) of sitting all day in school, our hip flexors, hip capsules, and trunk muscles become atrophied and/or stiff and made it harder to simply stand correctly. And when standing correctly becomes difficult, all movement becomes difficult.

After another decade of sitting down at work and staring at our CELL PHONES when we're not staring at our computers, even easy, everyday movements put uncomfortable strains on our bodies and hurts our spines, hips, legs, and feet. And how do we fix the problems we feel while standing (or trying to run?) by sitting back down to recover from the stress of standing up.

And if you think that doing two or three or four or five hours of fitness training each week improves your long term diagnosis, think about how much time you spend training versus how much time you spend sitting down. Think about how much time you spend looking at your phone each day. And think about how much you cringe when you see your workout contains 200, 400, or (OMG!) 800 meter sprints. An excellent hour in the gym cannot compensate for eight hours of hunching over a keyboard. If it did, you wouldn't hate those sprints so much.

I created the Post-Normal Running Program to help us to not only re-learn those running skills which faded years ago, but to also address how to improve functional movements throughout the rest of our daily activities. And I wanted to draw renewed attention to the importance of breathing as well as offer a special focus on nursing our poor feet back to their former health again. This program is a culmination of years of research, practice, and personal experimentation. If the techniques I’ve developed can help a full time computer nerd run faster and easier than ever, surely they can help you improve your running, too. And maybe even make it easier to stand in line for your next cup of coffee.

Reviews From Past Participants:

"I have been in the running program since the start and have truly learned how to make running much easier on my body. In just a few short weeks my mile time has dropped from 10:35 to 7:20 just by learning the correct form and I have gone from a max distance of 1.5 miles to 8 miles with active recovery training. I highly recommend everyone looking to enhance their body knowledge and breathing during workouts to participate in the program next time it comes around. It has enhanced the ability of my overall fitness tenfold. " - Alice L.

"Before the running program, the run part of any workout was the most dreaded part for me.  Now, while I'm not exactly doing cartwheels when I see it, I'm slightly eager to take off because of how far I've come and how much better the program has made me at runs off all different levels"  - Bryan K.

To sign up, click on the link below:    or receive more information, contact:  

Jon McDougal
Via phone: (228) 284-4556
Via email: Jon@BePostNormal.com