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In a picture taken by Golden Harper, founder of Altra running shoes, Jonathan Beverly runs through the mountains of Utah. (Courtesy photo)

Breaking the stigma of running one step at a time

    Jonathan Beverly has been an active member in the running world since 1977.
    From his humble beginnings as “your quintessential 90 pound nerd,” he has gradually gained more experience and knowledge on both the technique and psychology of running.
    Beverly’s knowledge and tips will soon be open to the public as he has not one, but two books in the works.
    “Your Best Stride” printed through Rodale Press in Pennsylvania is expected to be on the market June 13 and
“Run Strong, Stay Hungry; 9 Keys to Staying in the Race” printed through Velo Press in Boulder, Colo., will come out Nov. 10.
    “I always wanted to write books, probably since I was in high school,” said Beverly.
    After Running Times, the magazine Beverly was editor of for 15 years, folded and merged with Runner’s World he moved on to freelance writing and photography and received two book offers in a span of a couple of months.
    He has combined his years of competitive running which includes 26 marathons and countless road and trail races throughout the world, his time as Chase County Schools (CCS) cross country assistant coach and various interviews with elite athletes, physical therapists and doctors to write “Your Best Stride.”
    Beverly’s research led him to try different workouts and techniques on the CCS cross country team. One thing that successfully worked and was liked by the majority of the students that he explained in his book is a posture strap made out of an old t-shirt.
    In “Your Best Stride” Beverly explains how using a posture strap makes runners stand taller and swing their arms more which opens the chest and helps with breathing.

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