Conscious stride manipulation might make more sense for elite runners than for the rest of us. Stride technique improvement methods are like nutritional supplements. A balanced, high-volume, progressive running program is like food. Nutritional supplements are not intended to provide the foundation for optimal nourishment. Health is best supported when a person uses supplements minimally to augment a nutritious diet. Elite runners have a nearly perfect diet in the sense that their bodies are exceptionally well designed for efficient running and they already do what is known to improve running efficiency: hard, varied, high-volume running. So there is nothing left for these athletes to do with respect to enhancing the beauty of their running but to supplement their training with conscious stride fiddling (which they never do in the form of learning a universal technique system like the Pose method but instead do by identifying and attacking specific limiters in their individual strides, as in the case of Jen Rhines’s shuffle). But the rest of us have much more to gain from improving our diets by developing strength, mobility, and power to make our bodies structurally better suited to efficient running and by increasing the repetition, variation, and exposure to fatigue in our training. The value of conscious stride manipulation is debatable even for the elites. The very best runners in the world, the East Africans, do not widely practice stride technique manipulation. (Nor do they take nutritional supplements, for that matter.) I do not, however, rule out the possibility that stride technique manipulation can sometimes yield performance gains. There are a few celebrated cases of successful stride manipulation, such as that of Derek Clayton, an Australian who had an unspectacular career as a track runner before deciding to move up to the marathon. When he made this transition, Clayton consciously replaced his bouncy track stride with a lower-impact marathon shuffle, which he credited with helping him break the marathon world record twice in three years between 1967 and For every success story like this one, however, there are probably dozens of unknown stories of consciously made stride changes that produced negative results. So while it can work, conscious stride manipulation is the last place I would advise you to seek improvements in the beauty of your running. The first place you should seek it is in a running program that is properly designed to serve as stride practice. Some scientists I know (but cannot identify here because they currently wish to keep their work secret) are working to develop a tool that will enable runners to continually measure their running economy in real time. With it, any runner could get instant feedback on the effect of any particular stride manipulation. Once this tool is in widespread use, we may discover that some particular stride tweaks do immediately boost efficiency for some runners. However, I doubt we will find many.