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  • When I'm running backwards, it almost feels like I'm flying

  • because it's such a different visual perspective,

  • seeing how far I've gone as opposed to how far I need to go.

  • When you're going backwards you can really just

  • take a step back, literally, and enjoy what you're doing.

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  • Hi, I'm Aaron Yoder.

  • I'm a backwards runner.

  • I have the world record for the fastest mile ran backwards.

  • My fastest backwards mile time is

  • five minutes and 54 seconds.

  • I've been running forward for over 20 years.

  • I started running competitively

  • when I was in elementary school,

  • and then ran on scholarship during my early twenties.

  • I ran so much that I sustained a knee injury.

  • My doctor told me to stop running,

  • and I really didn't wanna stop,

  • so I knew I had to make some sorta change.

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  • Retro running or backwards running is where

  • you're literally just running in reverse,

  • and there's no impact on my knee.

  • I run backwards everywhere.

  • I run backwards on the treadmill,

  • I run backwards on the track,

  • and also out on country roads.

  • Backwards running feels great on my knee

  • I don't feel anything,

  • which is a reason why I really enjoy it.

  • Stay tall, knee up.

  • There we go.

  • Stand up, good job.

  • When I'm coaching my track team,

  • I occasionally have them run backwards

  • as to enhance and diversify their training workouts.

  • Onward and upward, good job.

  • Way to go, good warm up there.

  • There's more backwards runners out there

  • than one would think.

  • There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people

  • that decide to run in reverse.

  • The last World Championships there were

  • over 20 countries represented and close to 200 athletes.

  • Backwards running has allowed me to see things

  • in a little bit different perspective.

  • In a world where everyone goes forward

  • and I'm going backwards, it's really allowed me

  • to just get back to competing against myself

  • and not be so concerned when other people are doing it,

  • and I found great gratification in the fact that

  • I'm just competing against my own shadow.

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Meet the World’s Fastest (Backwards) Runner

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    HsiangLanLee posted on 2018/04/26
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