Laura wrote:Wow, nice. When you run, do you run on the balls of your feet? My friends and I had a discussion about this yesterday and I'm just wondering. I haven't quite gotten to the point where I run on the balls of my feet, but I'm definitely not striking the heel like I used to. I guess I land pretty flat-footed and immediately roll forward and off the toes.
I try to, yes. It depends on the speed I'm running, though. I think I've gotten to the point where I don't really heel strike at any speed, but the faster I go, the more natural it is to be up on the balls of my feet. I have two pairs of shoes I run with, actually. One is a minimalist design with no padding under the soles or extra thickness at the heel, so it forces me to run properly, but my feet take a bit of a beating and it's not ideal for longer runs or really trying to set new time records. The other pair are still very light, but have an extra 4mm cushion to the heel. In these, I do notice my heels making *some* contact with the ground, although it's not the typical heel strike, then roll forward. I tend to run faster in these shoes, so that doesn't happen much, except fro warming up, cooling down, or running slower paces when I'm with a partner.