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Do you ever think to yourself: “My running technique could use some work”? Have you been struggling to pound out those 400 meter runs in class? Are you limping along due to an injury from clomping down the street in preparation for a road race?

Is it possible that you’re an awkward runner?

Even if your answer to all of those questions is “no,” chances are high that you could stand to learn a thing or two from Patton Gleason.

Patton, an accomplished ultramarathon and trail runner, is the founder of the Natural Running Store (sponsor of CrossFit Palo Alto’s own Kristen Dymmel!) and a leading expert in the natural running movement. He credits minimalist running and natural gait techniques for getting him back on track after several years of debilitating injuries, and has been studying and refining natural running approaches ever since.

“I love the idea that you are born with everything you need to run,” Patton has said. “I also think that learning form and technique is incredibly empowering. For way too long, people have been conditioned to think that they are broken and need way too many things for running. The big running secret is that you are wired to do it.”

As he delved further into the science of running, Patton developed a style of natural running called Flow Running. You can find out more about it on Saturday, October 22, when Patton will be visiting us from Texas and leading two 2-hour Flow Running seminars at CrossFit Palo Alto. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of natural running, and gain valuable skills and insight about proper running mechanics and efficiency of movement.

The first seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the second will run from noon to 2 p.m. You can register to attend by clicking here; tickets cost just $30 each. (Patton will be covering the same material in each of the two sessions, so sign up for just one of the sessions.)

This is a can’t-miss opportunity to learn from an expert in the field of natural running, and at a price that can’t be beat. The seminars are open to both CrossFit Palo Alto members and the general public, so grab a spot before all the slots are filled! (And remember: This event is open to friends and family, so sign them up, too!)

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