That’s the bad news. The good news is that runners of all natural ability levels have a tremendous capacity to improveor beautifytheir strides. And the way to do it is to copy the methods that the best runners use to develop their own, naturally superior strides. These methods are mind-body methods in the sense that they function to refine communication between the unconscious brain and the muscles in ways that enable the neuromuscular system to generate more power with less energy. The methods that work best for this purpose include running a lot, running fast, and running far. These simple, but seldom properly exploited methods help each runner find a unique solution to the problem of overcoming running performance limits imposed by the particularities of body structure and neuromuscular coordination. To paraphrase Friedrich Nietzsche, €œI wish that everyone would follow my example and find his own way to run. NINE THE GIFT OF INJURY If something is there for me, it’s going to wait for me. Khalid Khannouchi OF ALL THE ELITE RUNNERS I’ve encountered, Khalid Khannouchi has had the most extreme combination of good luck and bad luck. His one great piece of good fortune was to have been born with an ideal set of genes for distance running. Thanks to those genes, and a lot of hard work, Khannouchi was able to break the marathon world record twice, set a 20K world best, and amass five major marathon victories (four at Chicago, one at London). But he could have accomplished so much more if not for the bad luck of being exceptionally injury prone. Throughout his career Khannouchi has fought a seemingly endless battle with all manner of injures. He has suffered injuries to his feet, hamstrings, groin, low back, and his feet again. These various breakdowns have kept him out of serious training and competition for a cumulative six years, or nearly half of his total career span. In 2007, I saw Khannouchi at the Rock n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. He had recently recovered from a foot injury and had only a few weeks of healthy training in his legs. It showed. He finished 13th in 1:05:04. This performance did not bode well for his hopes of claiming an Olympic Team slot at the following month’s Olympic Trials Marathon in New York City.