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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

What Type of Runner are you?

Barefoot? Forefoot? Midfoot? Natural? Minimalist?

Call it what you want but the fact is there is only one correct method and that's the way we are designed to run.

The main point is that we are NOT meant to heel strike!

So there it is, if you are a heel striker then your technique is incorrect and will be causing injury as well as preventing you from reaching your running potential.

If you do not heel strike then you are still not necessarily running as well as you could and still open to injury because any type of shoe will interfere with your proprioceptive sensors and therefore alter your natural running technique.

And remember, TECHNIQUE IS KING!

Running is a skill and the technique can be both taught and learned - however you think you run and whatever you want to call it, the best way is the most efficient way and that's the way we were designed to run naturally, as if we were barefoot; either totally barefoot or in a barefoot or minimal shoe but definitely not heel striking!

Have your technique analysed now, enjoy your running!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Online Review

Melodie from the Good Cornwall Guide was good enough to come and experience one of my barefoot clinics recently - read what she thought about the improvements to her running...

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Ditching your cushioned shoes...

I passed a runner on my travels today - he had obviously read 'Born to Run' as he was wearing 5fingers and a 'camelback' backpack and looked like he had really embraced the whole 'minimalist' philosophy and was obviously out for a long 'ultra' type run.

That was all very nice and commendable - trouble is that he was heel striking like a good 'un! So severely poor was the technique that there wasn't any need for a slow motion replay for confirmation and I nearly fell off my bike with the horror of it all!

This is real cause for concern - if you are a heel striker then you either need a cushioned shoe to help dampen the shock or you need to learn correct running biomechanics so that you land nice and gently on the balls of your feet.

It's no good just throwing your trainers away and sticking a pair of five fingers, they are not a magic ticket to the promised land - in fact Mr FiveFinger Heelstriker will be doing himself some major damage if he carries on like that.

FiveFingers and other minimalist shoes have a pretty thick heel which doesn't allow for adequate proprioception - so remember, even if you think you've cured your life-long heel striking habits, it's really worth having your technique analysed by a qualified barefoot coach to avoid unnecessary injury - to yourself and to me, as falling off my bike at high speed is no laughing matter!