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Tougher than most, dumber than the rest. "You can not count the miles until you feel them" TVZ
The Logic of Long Distance
Hey Jeff I don't really mean my toes, more the front ball of my foot. Like when you have track spikes. I think I have been running all these months landing on my heels because I thought thats what I was suppose to do. Could it cause me problems (pain, injury)? Is it something I should stop doing? I'm not sure why I even started thinking about it.
Barefoot and happy
A drill I try occasionally on my runs is running as quietly as possible--seems to help efficiency.
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Your body is actually not built to handle heel striking. Just try to do it while barefoot and you'll see what I mean. Running shoes allow you to get away with it, and it's how lots of people run. But a midfoot strike is healthier and more efficient.
"What seems natural" can be misleading, when you're running with completely unnatural technology strapped to your feet.
Needs more cowbell!
I've been doing this occasionally too. Not sure if it has helped my efficiency yet, but it sure is handy for "sneaking up" on people as I pass them. I give myself points based on how high they jump. Kidding about the points - but I have made a couple people jump.
• 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
Stealth mode, as I like to call it.
Some of the newer shoes are catering to heel strikers (I happen to be one). I got a pair of NB Zips recently and they kinda force you to NOT run on your heels. Feels odd at first but after a while you are running mid-sole first and not realize it. Folks used to be able to hear me running a mile away. Now I'm pretty quiet and my feet feel much better after longer runs.