Jordan Marie Daniel is a fourth-generation indigenous runner and tenacious human-rights advocate. She’s perhaps most prominently known for firing-up global awareness for the missing and murdered indigenous women humanitarian crisis with a red handprint painted across her face, symbolizing violence, as she raced the 2019 Boston Marathon. And she’s a pioneer of intersectional activism—identifying and braiding together groups of various backgrounds for a mutual cause—as well as using her athletic platform to raise awareness and prompt vital dialogue about important issues.
Daniel, 33, currently lives on the Tongva Lands of Los Angeles, California, where she ventures to mountain trails each weekend. While trail running is a relatively new facet of running for her, running is in her blood. She’s run since age 10, when her grandfather ushered her inaugural road run.
A great gait can help reduce physical stress, including injuries, improve speed and endurance, and reduce weight and body fat. Why? Because it helps the brain too.
The MAF 180 gait, of course, is your exercise gait at or within 10 beats below your MAF HR. Once you develop it well, and you can work out faster at the same HR. You then have the option to add higher intensity training and/or racing without undue stress, better recovery, and without sacrificing health.
Visualization, photographic memory and running form
Improving your running gait can help you go faster and farther with less effort and with reduced risk of injury. While very few runners are blessed with perfect form, focusing on better brain function along improving your natural stride can help you get the most from your training and racing.
With proper preparation, you’re now ready to obtain more speed without risking injury and overtraining. There’s no magic workout, the simplest easiest high-intensity speed techniques most already know about can work well for most athletes.