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  •  Huh!! (2+ / 0-)
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    At 54 I have just taken up running. (going slow to be safe and injury free hopefully).
    That comic up top clearly shows the runner striking with the heel. I had been told that this is absolutely  incorrect running form.
    After a bit more research and comments from other runners, foot strike is a hotly disputed topic!
    Too bad nothing is definitive in running just like every other endeavor. :)

    peace

    keith

    "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." Marianne Williamson

    by Canadian Green Card Alien on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:29:51 PM PDT

    •  What I've heard is that "it depends"... (0+ / 0-)

      If you've been running for years with a heel-strike, wearing "traditional" shows that have a substantial heel, it may just cause you a lot of pain to change your stride. If you're young and have been running a short time, going to a ball-of-the-foot "barefoot" stride is much easier. If you're 54 but haven't run before, you're probably in the middle. Just be careful and "listen to your feet" (and knees and hips). I think simple physics dictates that a shorter stride gives you more flexibility; you're less likely to cause injury because the angles and stresses involved are less. And wear shoes with low-ish heels if you're going to run on the ball of your foot (such as cross-trainers).

      Take care and have fun running!

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