What is Gracefull Running?

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.

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 in Athens and third in the 800m at the 2006 European Championships, Gothenburg (a performance which took her to third on the British all time list) amongst many other impressive feats.

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

Learn more about the 5 principles of Gracefull Running, the method we employ in all our coaching processes.

Grow

Landing underneath your centre of mass reduces breaking forces OR Lifting your hips up and forward discourages you from jolt-ily heel planting in front of your body

Rhythm

The resonant frequency of leg muscles is 3 hertz OR Get free elastic energy from your muscles and tendons by running at 180 strides per min

Align

Backwards displacement of centre of mass decreases your horizontal force vector OR Having a strong aligned body allows you to use gravity to propel you onward by tilting forward from the ankles

Circle

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

Enjoy

Running induces BDNF serotonin, anandamide and kynurenine aminotransferase release OR Hormones and enzymes that physiologically and tangibly reduce stress, anxiety and depression

The Science

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

Grow
Rhythm
Align
Circle
Enjoy

Grow - Landing underneath your centre of mass reduces breaking forces OR Lifting your hips up and forward discourages you from jolt-ily heel planting in front of your body

Rhythm - The resonant frequency of leg muscles is 3 hertz OR Get free elastic energy from your muscles and tendons by running at 180 strides per min

Align - Backwards displacement of centre of mass decreases your horizontal force vector OR Having a strong aligned body allows you to use gravity to propel you onward by tilting forward from the ankles

Circle - Smoothness reduces wasted energy due to vertical displacement OR Your legs should feel like a wheel underneath you, using all energy push you forward functionally instead of bobbing up and down.

Enjoy - Running induces BDNF serotonin, anandamide and kynurenine aminotransferase release OR Hormones and enzymes that physiologically and tangibly reduce stress, anxiety and depression

Benefits of running Gracefully

- 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 a few months later was planted in her head that the acronym could also be applied to your mindset, nutrition, living your purpose (why), ensuring you replenish yourself (fullness) and your relationships. Now she had an outlet for all her other years of geeking out on self-improvement literature! (She also has a first-class honours in Sport and Exercise Science).

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 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 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.