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> I have read Gordon Pirie's book on forefoor running technique. I have
> suffered several annoying injuries lately. I would be interested to
> hear if anyone has adopted Gordon's running style of landing on the
> ball of the foot rather than the heel. Has it worked for you?
Here's a series of posts talking about Marching In Place as a way of
starting to land ball heel.
Hope it helps.
Donovan's caveat is real when one doesn't think through the process.
The marching in place is an easy and normal way to start as you realize
that you do land ball/heel as you march in place. Also you land
ball/heel if you jump off a ledge or low wall in order to absorb the
shock and not jar the body.
Here's the posts:
In article <4893fade.0310030715.17119...@posting.google.com>, Matt
> I have been running with Brooks Addiction for about a year. I have
> flat feet and they seem to have been the best shoes for me to do a
> long run. I used them for my last 13.1 mile run in a half ironman
> recently. However, it seems that after only about 2 months of about
> 15-20 miles a week the outside rear of my shoes show alot of wear.
> When should I consider buying new or changing shoes. It seems like
> that is just a few miles to have that much wear. I am 5-10 175. or
> does anyone have a suggestion for another motion control show that may
> wear better. OR is there anything I can to do to limit the seemingly
> isolated wear on the outside rears of the shoe.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Matt P.
Here are some posts from 1996 on wearing out the back outside of the
heel on one's running shoes.
I think this may speak a bit to your shoe wear.
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I wanted to open a dialogue about the power runners give away by not
thinking about form and style. I go back to George Sheehan's comment,
"First, be a good animal." Shoe styles, a great deal of research, etc.
have the unspoken assumption that runners should land on their heels
first. That is translated into the runners mind by a picture of the
heel strike being the back of the heel of the shoe...with very few
thinking that the heel of the foot is an inch and a half or more in
front of the heel of the shoe....and the vector force of body into the
ground is in front of the foot's heel.
How many of you reading this have taken off your shoes and run on grass
barefoot to see what it feels like when there is no cushion to mask
improper landing on the back of the heel of the foot.
Let me know what you've learned from doing it? Remember, if you have
not followed my earlier thoughts, I often say, "Do it, lovingly."
which to me means take care of the one body you have so that it can
serve you well for the 80 to 120+ years. Go for the grace.
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In article <01be5549$ad2c7ca0$5a3ff1cf@default>, "The Chief"
> On my longer runs, I begin to get pain in the ball of my foot at about the
> ten mile mark. Have tried different shoes, inserts; so far not much luck.
> Anyone have a distance training shoe suggestion, or any other solutions?
Is it only on one foot or the ball of the foot on both feet. If it's
both, I might suspect that you are a heel striker and your forefoot
slaps down each and every step. It would be akin to lightly tapping
you on the head with my fist a million times. After a while it starts
to be accumulative.
March in place. Notice you lift your knees. Now if you continued to
march in place but leaned from the ankle keeping the body erect, the
lean being only a half inch, you'd notice that you're still lifting
your feet up and down but every time you place you foot down, it's
about 2 to 4 inches in place of the other foot and under your center of
gravity. That's what runnings about.
Image: broom handle balanced in the palm of your hand. The broom
handle is your slightly leaned body, the hand is the earth. If the
broom handle starts to fall and you move your hand in the same
direction it's falling at the same speed it's falling, it won't fall
but keeps on moving in the direction it's going.
Go out and practice likewise!
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