/ Running Technique - Heel or Toe?
Is it then maybe a preference thing? Or do people think there's a right and wrong answer?
Do what feels right.
Concentrate on where your feet are striking the ground rather than how they are striking; feet need to be striking the ground underneath your centre of gravity, not in front of it
> Concentrate on where your feet are striking the ground rather than how they are striking; feet need to be striking the ground underneath your centre of gravity, not in front of it
r0b is right, imho.
If you're in barefoot shoes, I'd be surprised if you can overstride (and so heel strike) for a significant amount of time- though when you're tired someimes you'll likely tend towards landing on your heels.
Run how you like and how it feels comfortable but you shouldn't be running on your toes unless you're a sprinter.
> r0b is right, imho.
> If you're in barefoot shoes, I'd be surprised if you can overstride (and so heel strike) for a significant amount of time- though when you're tired someimes you'll likely tend towards landing on your heels.
Yes ^^these two. To avoid overstriding, make sure your cadence is high, say in the 90s
theres no wrong answer.. just run..
your body will sort itself out..
I'm a forefoot runner but had severs disease as a kid..
So running was painful so I just ran on my toes...
I'm currently reading 'Eat and Run' by Scott Jurek who advocates a shorter stride length (saying that most runners take too long a stride) as this increases efficiency by minimising time on the ground, and also means that your weight is more centred over the foot and you naturally end up with more of a midfoot strike.
I've tried it a couple of times but then I naturally fall back to what feels right, and on ever-changing trails the stride length options are usually fairly limited but its worth a try.
Better to run on your toes, most people don't realise that running on your heels puts extra pressure on your knees. Hence if you are trained to run you are taught to run on your toes keeping the foot as flat as possible (no roll side to side)
If you run heel to toe bare foot it will be agony, and you most likely, just wont do it anwyay, try runnign on a pavement or hard surface. But not too much.
Barefoot comes with some warnings of not doing it too much to start with as your joints wont be used to it, and you braing will have to reprogramme a bit to make your gate work as it should, instead of how it works with footwear.
Hope that helps.
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