View Full Version : When you run, which strikes first?


S.I.L.V.A
05-04-2011, 11:18 AM
Your heel or your forefoot/midfoot?

TheHolyCross
05-04-2011, 11:28 AM
the front of my foot sorta, i dunno, i have to go run now

baya
05-04-2011, 11:29 AM
it used to be heel, now i'm a midfoot runner. been like this for about 5 years now.

for forefoot running isn't for most people as i've seen a bunch of people develop shin splints something nasty due to it. that and also hasten the formation of bunions.

MePunchHard
05-04-2011, 01:22 PM
for forefoot running isn't for most people as i've seen a bunch of people develop shin splints something nasty due to it.
I'm the opposite. Forefoot running has pretty much ended my shin splints.

cja07007
05-04-2011, 02:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jrnj-7YKZE
Interesting video on the topic.

Shambleton
05-04-2011, 04:46 PM
it used to be heel, now i'm a midfoot runner. been like this for about 5 years now.

for forefoot running isn't for most people as i've seen a bunch of people develop shin splints something nasty due to it. that and also hasten the formation of bunions.

Forefoot running should get rid of shin splints, it's the harsh impact with the heel that creates it.

Chip2006uk
05-04-2011, 06:47 PM
Forefoot for me, Ive had constant problems with shinsplints, and if not shin splints then foot pain, especially the inner side of the foot.

I tried changing to mid foot but then I just developed shinsplints easier

RAV3N
05-04-2011, 06:49 PM
You should be forefoot running not heel planting as that causes shin splints.

Check_hooks
05-04-2011, 07:07 PM
Everyone knows you should land on your forefoot. Landing on your heel leads to ankle problems. Landing on the forefoot also works out your calves and thighs more.

S.I.L.V.A
05-04-2011, 08:17 PM
I am actually a forefoot runner. its just most of those runners i see who are faster than me strike their heels first. I also talked to some heel-strikers that they dont get injury from this style of running.

Additional question, so far what injury/pain have you experienced from forefoot running?

Young Money
05-04-2011, 10:51 PM
People starting out with forefoot striking will definately feel some discomfort or tightening around the ankle, calf. But in saying that, it's not a bad pain, its more your muscles getting used to the technique and getting stronger.

CymruAmByth
05-05-2011, 08:35 AM
I try and land mid-fore foot when i run. If you land on your heal you're joints will absorb most of the impact which will cause problems in the long run...and i'm talking from experience here!

chiguy91
05-05-2011, 08:46 AM
i've always ran forefoot, never even thought about it....i think it's safer that way, like lots of people said before me, heel striking can cause some problems...

J.Dempsey
05-05-2011, 01:49 PM
run fore/flat footed, dont pound feet down whether you land heel or ball of foot, the trick is to land around the ball and lower heel down and push off, that way your not stopping dead on heel which ripples up your legs...
light footed and relaxed is the way, pick a nice place to run and enjoy it!

Barnburner
05-05-2011, 03:58 PM
Forefooted since I was 12 years old and someone told me this.

"Cheatahs run faster than elephants because they run on their toes, elephants are flat footed."

Not the only reason but, that analogy has stuck with me for ever no matter how much truth it may hold.

Been running on my toes or forefoot since then.