Heel Strike or Toe Strike?
January 23, 2010 9:39 AM Subscribe
Should I heel strike? Or toe strike? With all the recent controversy about athletic shoes with lots of padding vs. athletic shoes with no padding (e.g. Nike Frees), I'm unclear how I'm supposed to be running.
posted by musofire to sports, hobbies, & recreation (25 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
If time wounds all heels, should I not heel strike?
When you run, you have the option of letting your foot come down however it naturally does; trying to have it come down on the heel; or trying to run on the balls of your feet, like our four footed friends.
Previously I've tried to throw my foot forward so that I heel-strike, because theoretically that's how you maximize the bounce that athletic shoes give you. But I could also hit the ground with my leg more vertical, so that I land on the balls of my feet, and maximize the bounce my Achilles tendon gives me.
Which is better for running efficiency? Which is better for a 46 year old guy in less than perfect condition not injuring himself running?