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Paul Tergat Running Gait Video – A Thing of Beauty

I edited out and slowed down a clip of Paul Tergat running from a Nike+ commercial – looks like he’s just going at a jogging pace. Beautiful form if you ask me. Entire commercial is here on YouTube

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This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.


  1. That’s just what you look like, right? :)
    I wasn’t able to get your blog site out here until just recently… so glad I can now!

  2. He makes it look effortless.

  3. Jason Fitzgerald says:

    They photoshopped my head on top of Tergat. :)

    It’s amazing how fluid his stride is – reminds me of a YouTube clip of Gebrselassie running 4′ mile pace on a treadmill. So smooth.

  4. briderdt says:

    Yes, effortless, and at a leisure pace (for him). But why is he looking at a point maybe 10′ in front of him?

  5. “Look at his perfect, barefoot-like form. Now buy our over-designed, clunky, colorfully misleading shoes!”

    – Nike

  6. Wiglebot says:

    Thanks, A few additions that are similar.
    My mental picture —link to
    Heel landing/midfoot loading, toe-off, cadence comparison of iron man
    link to

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