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Silent Running

September 15, 2015 | By | 3 Comments

By Brian Mackenzie

Ever heard the saying, “Never heard them coming”? While this may apply to many things, most of which being stealth or under the radar, this could not be more applicable to human movement. Running plays one of the most functional roles in movement. Especially for Military or Law Enforcement Personnel whose lives may depend on this fact.

If you show up to any foot race you will get a greater understanding of this quickly. Those at the front, in any race will typically be very quiet. At the middle of the pack, things will start to get a bit louder, and at the end, it will be very noisy. Close your eyes, and you will get a better sense of this.

Running silent means running efficient, and running efficient means you’re running well. Even if you’re not the fastest person, there is no need for noise. Even at a 12min mile or a walking pace your mechanics dictate your noise, which ironically we see injuries more prevalent in the noisy.


  1. Elizabeth Furuiye

    It’s not ironic, it’s a logical consequence. Irony indicates the opposite of intended meaning. Noisy, and therefore poorly functional runners would consequently end up with more injury. Sorry, definition police!

  2. BOOM!

    Knowledge bomb dropped.

  3. Chris James

    Good point. Due to an injury I sat out the local 5 mile running race and instead watched near mile 4 to cheer on my friends. Everyone should do this sometime and just observe. The first 10 or 12 leaders went cruising by like they weren’t even working: quiet, efficient, easy breathing, smooth – minimal vertical movement. Just floating. The next 30 or so runners were a little less smooth – more bouncing, legs and arms a bit more erratic, working a little harder. By the time the middle of the pack went by you could hear feat pounding pavement, heavy breathing, see the pain on their faces, arm and legs flailing around, severe vertical bouncing. It was almost painful to watch. And the worst part was these people were working much harder than the leaders and possibly even in better cardio condition! If only they could focus and streamline that energy they would probably be near the front too. It was an eye-opening experience for me and made me realize to work more on efficiency rather than just brute conditioning.

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