Is Running Backwards For You?By Rocky Thompson on December 7th, 2012
A piece in The New York Times takes a look at backward running as a means of recovering from certain injuries, improving one’s balance, and mixing up your workout. A small part of me hopes that it catches on and backward running becomes the new barefoot running. I can’t wait to see the shoes Nike comes out with. One study conducted on the training method found that it could improve conventional forward running by allowing training that was easier on your body, especially if you suffer from bad knees. It’s not something I plan on taking up, unless, as my friend Paul pointed out, a bear is chasing you. It turns out bears can’t run very fast when they run backwards. So next time one is closing in on you, turn around and run backwards.