Should i switch to something fluffier?
Go for some full-on barefoot shoes, build up your distance slowly and you'll find your running form improves - you just can't heel-strike in them. Can even mix it up with cushioned shoes and phase one out and the other in so your overall mileage doesn't need to reduce.
Worked for me. I run in Vivobarefoot Neos - 5mm of rubber between you and the ground. Couldn't go back to cushioned shoes if I tried.
sean OC -
Big_G - That sounds perfectly normal, most people's gait etc will change over time due to training changes. Also, The smaller stride & quicker cadence approach is something I picked up from the Chi running book, and it looks liked you've learned this naturally.
Big_G - The same has happened to me over a period of time. In a not-very-scientific experiment, I've observed my cadence increase from about mid 160s to high 170s and my gait has changed from a fairly pronounced heel strike to heel/midfoot. I'm now a little wary of the term "overpronation"; I certainly pronate, but then pronation is a natural part of the gait cycle, so I'm much happier using shoes which are designed for neutral/mild pronation rather than the stability type shoes which I thought (was told) I needed.
Too much emphasis on 'foot strike'. It's where the foot lands that's important - you can land in front of your body on the forefoot simply by plantar flexing...and it's not a good idea. If you drop your foot down near to under your hips you will automatically land forefoot. that's a consequence of correct form.
Heel strike=slow cadence because usually heel strike means landing in front of the body, so you have to wait for your body to catch up before you can change support.
A shorter stride with quicker cadence is more efficient.
We ALL develop worse form in the latter stages of a marathon and for me with 2 miles to go and care if I crawl as long as I cross the line!
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