What is Gracefull

Gracefull Origins

Becky has always been someone to try and get to the root of the problem. Her international athletics career granted her the access to some of the country’s leading physios, biomechanists and doctors. Despite this, she spent the majority of her career side-lined by injury. Frustrated she would ask herself, “If humans are designed to run, why am I still getting injured?”. There had to be something fundamentally wrong.

What followed was years of reading, studying and experimenting to try and find the formula that would get her back running consistently. It was only after retiring from athletics and allowing herself the freedom to start dancing (such reckless abandon would not have been permitted as a serious athlete!) that all the pieces of the jigsaw started to fit together. She realised that the postural requirements of dancing applied just as effectively to running. An epiphany whilst stretching in front of the fire conveniently packaged the 5 pieces of advice she would regularly give out to athletes she coached into the GRACE-full acronym.

Since January 2019 she has been delivering monthly technique workshops to help others shortcut their way to a better understanding, appreciation and execution of running form - something I am pleased to say (as it is Becky writing this!) that she herself has consistently enjoyed doing over the hills and trails surrounding her base in the beautiful Peak District.

The content of these workshops is now freely available via this website, as is the ability to purchase online technique analyses and physio screens to help you to get to the root of your unique running quirks too.

Online Technique Analysis

About Becky

As a former professional athlete, Becky Lyne has experienced the highs and lows of a career at the top of her game. Her list of achievements includes fourth in the 800m at the 2006 Athletics World Cup and bronze in the 800m at the 2006 European Championships, a performance which took her to third on the British all time list, and saw her awarded the accolade of British Athletics Writers' Association Female Athlete of the Year.

Becky has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience working with world leading specialists and coaches, which she now shares with young ambitious athletes, as well as her local running communities to inspire runners at every level to achieve their full potential.

As well as drawing on the priceless hands-on experience of being a professional athlete, Becky uses the scientific background gained from her First Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University to shortcut through the confusion with the key guiding principles that form the GRACE-full Method.

The Science

Hover over the 5 principles of Gracefull Running to learn more about the method we employ in all our coaching processes.

Landing underneath your centre of mass reduces breaking forces
(i.e. lifting your hips up and forward discourages you from jolt-ily planting in front of your body)

The resonant frequency of leg muscles is 3 hertz
(i.e. get free elastic energy from your muscles and tendons by running at 180 strides per min)

Backwards displacement of centre of mass decreases your horizontal force vector
(i.e. having a strong aligned body allows you to use gravity to propel you onward by tilting forward from the ankles)

Smoothness reduces wasted energy due to vertical displacement
(i.e. your legs should feel like a wheel underneath you, using all energy to push you forward functionally instead of bobbing up and down)

Running induces BDNF serotonin, anandamide and kynurenine aminotransferase release
(i.e. you release hormones and enzymes that physiologically and tangibly reduce stress, anxiety and depression)

- Decreased risk of injury
- More efficient, faster running
- Increased enjoyment

Plus a multitude of physical (increased cardiovascular fitness, strength bone density etc) and mental (decreased anxiety, depression and stress, improved sleep etc) health benefits.

The Future

A further epiphany dawned that the GRACE-full acronym could also be applied to your mindset, nutrition, living your purpose (why), ensuring you replenish yourself (fullness) and your relationships. Now Becky had an outlet for all her other years of geeking out on self-improvement literature! (Plus the aforementioned first class honours Sport and Exercise Science degree).

The audience for the past year has been a wonderful group of teenage middle-distance athletes from her old athletics clubs, Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield, now affectionately referred to as her ‘Grace-lets’. Mixing strength and conditioning sessions with ‘personal optimisation seminars, not only does she aim to help the girls to become fitter, stronger and healthier athletes, but also people that can Grace-fully ‘End-ur’ life’s obstacles.

This online programme has now been opened up internationally, with her dear friend (and former rival) Marilyn Okoro on board to help spread the Gracefull gospel. See our Grace-full Girls page for details of what’s involved in the programme and how you can sign up.

Discover Gracefull Girls