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Glutes, lazy glutes

Glutes, lazy glutes

Glutes, glutes, glutes! You hear, read and see this everywhere! There's even a specialist called "The Glute Guy" aka Bret Contreras that you may have come across - he did his Phd is glutes! But why do glutes play such an important role-in running? And why have you...

7 Do’s of marathon training – base phase

7 Do’s of marathon training – base phase

As spring marathon training starts, I thought I’d give you some tips for this phase of your training. If this is your first marathon, you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed at the challenge you have taken on. If you’ve run one or two marathons before, or you’re...

Run Types

Run Types

As you look to a new year of running, you may be like a lot of the runners I talk to. They want to get a bit better. They want to improve on last year. And for a lot of us, getting a bit better is all we need - we don't have a burning desire to be at the front or...

5 Tips for winter motivation

5 Tips for winter motivation

You know what it’s like... We don't even need to open the weather app because we can see it streaming down the widows. We can hear it bouncing off the Velux and as it cascades over the edges of our gutters. If we stand long enough on the pavement, our feet act like...

The Man Behind RunTeach

Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien

Founder, Coach and detail-aholic

Overweight and constantly out of puff, Chris started running at the age of 38 to get fit enough to spend quality active time with his soon-to-be-born twin daughters. It was a journey that would take him from a 60 minute 10k in 2009 to a 38 minute 10k in 2015, and a 02:59:04 marathon in 2017. Along the way, Chris has placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 10ks, 5ks and pairs 24-hour endurance races. 

While Chris is no elite runner, he is living proof that attention to running technique, correct movement patterns and mindful practice can rocket you from an everyday recreational runner to the top few percent in both local and national running events. 

Chris’ motivation to set up RunTeach came from his desire to share what he has learned and to help other runners achieve their running goals, no matter what level they are currently at. Chris’ passion is to provide the tools and understanding so that runners can learn to move properly and therefore reduce their injury risk and increase performance. 

With training in biomechanics, dynamic movement skills and sports nutrition, Chris is a qualified UKA Level 2 coach in Endurance Running. He shares his knowledge and understanding through fully comprehensive gait analysis, rehab and prehab, coaching and live workshops. Chris works with athletes at all levels from the couch to 5k graduates to competitive club runners. 

Chris is lucky enough to be one of the few gait analysis and coaching companies in the UK to use the cutting edge technology from dorsaVi that measures key aspects of your running gait to produce detailed reports that highlight areas of concern and potential risk. 

Chris is an ambassador for both: 

  • SOS Hydration, an organic electrolyte product that mixes in seconds and is gentle on your stomach and highly effective at hydration, even in the toughest environments. Use discount code CHRIS20 for a 20% saving!
  • Generation UCAN, a one-of-a-kind race fuel that utilises ultra-slow release carbohydrate that doesn’t raise your blood glucose. It still allows your body to burn fat as a fuel source rather than relying on sugar with the inevitable crash. Ideal for high intensity sessions/races and long distance running. Use code RunTeach to save 10%!

My Mission

My misson is to help runners of all abilities by providing the most comprehensive and accessible information possible.

I do this through gait analysis services covering many towns and villages in Dorset and Hampshire including Bournemouth, Ferndown, Poole, Verwood, Alderholt, Wimborne, Bransgore, Ringwood, Dorchester and a whole lot more.

I also run workshops and am always delighted when a running club or group asks me to create and deliver a workshop especially for them. Presenting is very high up there on my list of things I’m passionate about!

Through this website I bring together not only the best of my advice and experience, but also that of other runners, coaches and suppliers from around the globe.

I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to help runners keep on improving, so if you have any ideas, please get in touch here.

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