This guy smashed the world record for running a backwards mile
Run a mile in this guy’s shoes and you’ll probably fall on your arse. That’s because Aaron Yoder is famous for his backwards running style – and recently broke the official Guinness World Record for fastest backwards mile.
Yoder completed the unusual feat just 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Yes, you read the correctly. By the way, the previous backwards mile world record was set by Yoder in 2015. That speedy run was completed in 5 minutes and 54 seconds.
Yoder ran his latest backwards mile on Sept. 4 in Lindsborg, Kansas as part of the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. The event, which is in its 40th year, moved 'off 5th Avenue and onto your street' this year due to social distancing measures. Runner were encouraged to remotely participate in the run anytime between September 4 and 13, and asked to 'visualise racing 20 blocks of tree-lined 5th Avenue with thousands of other virtual runners.'
Yoder ran the mile on straight stretch Kansas road, which was free of any obstacles like moving vehicles or stray pedestrians – barring a small construction crew which seems understandably puzzled by the display.
Prior to his backwards-running success, Yoder was a competitive runner for more than 20 years, spanning from his childhood to young adult life. A severe knee injury stunted his career, with doctors instructing him to stop running all together. But Yoder found a solution to keep running a part of his life.
'Backwards running feels great on my knee,' he told Great Big Story in 2018. 'I don’t feel anything, which is the reason why I really enjoy it'
According to a study from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, backwards running uses more leg muscles than forwards running with virtually no knee strain. And there's actually a pretty robust community of backwards runners out there.
'When I’m running backwards, it almost feels like I’m flying,' Yoder told Great Big Story. 'Because it’s such a different visual perspective seeing how far I’ve gone as opposed to how far I need to go.
posted Saturday September 12th
by Runner’s World