In his book "ChiRunning" Danny Dreyer takes running away from being a competitive sport and back to the basics of an holistic practice like Tai-Chi, Yoga or Pilates.
The goal becomes less important than the progress and he identifies focuses and practices that can be worked on anywhere and at any time.
A running style that is energy efficient and that reduces the likelihood of injury.
A running style that works with rather than against the forces around us ...
using the force of the road coming toward us to our advantage and the "lean" to engage gravity
A running style with two principle skills ... alignment and relaxation ...
best exemplified by "the Needle in Cotton" ... (ask and Stuart will explain)
As with any holistic practice progress is gradual and never ending.