Forefoot or Heel Strike?
The question asked in this article “Bare or in Shoes?” Is it the “right” question? Here’s what I’m talking about…
Barefoot running forces you to land on (strike the ground with) the ball of your foot. Why? Because it takes advantage of your body’s naturally built-in shock absorbing system of the foot. When you wear running shoes, most people shift their running stride (unbeknownst to them) to start landing in their heel – which is a very unnatural place to strike the ground since it contains no natural shock absorption. But here’s the thing… you don’t HAVE to run barefoot to quit heel striking. Does running barefoot help you feel it and do it, absolutely. But there are risks to barefoot running that might not be worth taking (including toe, foot, ankle injuries, toe stubbing, and getting cut on your feet).
I think the question should be, “Forefoot or Heel Strike?” Answer this question (forefoot, of course), then learn the proper running mechanics,the essence of Pose Running (utilizing gravity and your body’s naturally occurring shock absorbing systems to propel yourself forward in a run), and then practice. This can be done in ANY shoe. As you get better at striking the ground in the ball of your foot, you may naturally gravitate to thinner-soled running shoes, or maybe even Vibram Five Fingers.
By the way – we’ve done a lot of Pose Running training here – how is YOUR practice going?
Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:
1 Rope Climb