Heel Strike or Ball of the Foot?
(Birmingham (UK ))
Hello again !
So many questions, hope your not too busy.
When I first started running, I remember reading that heel striking was good form, and this allowed your foot to roll naturally etc, etc.
However, I have since read articles contradicting this advise suggesting that a mid foot / ball of foot landing sends less reaction to the upper body preventing injury.
I had tried to modify my form to heel strike and now I read this.... confused ? ! ?
Answer by Dominique:
Thx for your running training question. I should start charging for this service (no worries, I won't)...
It's a great debate isn't: what is better, ball of the foot landing or heel strike?
Another good one is about whether cross-training is good for you or not. Everyone seems to have an opinion.
Traditionally, running shoes were not as padded as they are currently. When people were running, they'd run like they'd run barefoot, i.e. landing on the ball of their feet.
When running shoes got modified, suddenly people started changing into heel strikers. And for a long time it was believed that heel striking was The Way to Run.
However, following the popularity of Born to Run (Book Review in link)
, natural running is making a big comeback.
Suddenly, natural running and Bare foot running shoes
So, what to do?
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Do what makes you feel best, do what comes naturally to you and that is probably the right running technique for you.
I don't necessarily think, unlike others, that you should do everything you can to completely overhaul your running technique.
Working on your running technique though is important, and I would advise you to do exercises to improve your running cadence
, every week.
Just make a habit of it to run with a metronome for 10-15 minutes in one of your weekly runs. Over time it will help you become lighter on your feet and who knows, you may find that your technique becomes more fluid as well.... :)
Hope this helps.
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