Another Ironman journey
BrokeButTri'ng wrote (see)
Which marafun you doing TB? Good luck Brit
Which marafun you doing TB?
Good luck Brit
SD - I swapped to Newton's about a year ago and now run 'properly' landing mid foot. I've now moved 'passed' Newtons and now run in Inov-8 minimalist shoes. I know Nike, Addidas et al spend a lot on research and development, and produce good quality, cushioned running shoes.....but 2.2 million years of human evolution works quite well too! The arch on your foot is an amazing piece of engineering and can absorb a lot of shock!!
But it doesn't work for every one!! Good luck!
SD When I was a kid, I ran bare foot (Zola Budd years!) and suffered no ill effects. I had a bash at it again this summer, I didn't get any problems, but I don't think I would run any kind of distance barefoot but would do the odd session on grass to strengthen my feet. I have tried loads of different running shoe and have found one that I am happy with.
Off to take over Budepest this weekend and show them how us Brits run marathons!!
SD I am also contemplating similar .. what I would add is to make sure that you are injury free before you start and I also had some advice a few months ago to break in very very slowly, use for about 10 mins to start with ie: use it as a warm up for a longer run and come back and change shoesIts finding the injury free window at the moment that I am struggling with
Personally, i`m not a fan of this whole move to midfoot/forefoot striking. Where you land is totally relevent to the speed you are running. Sub 5 min miles, forefoot. Sub 6, midfoot. Above 7, heel. The moment you `try` and run a certain way, that`s when, imo, the problems start. If you ask a young child to pick something up off the floor, they don`t bend over like us adults do, they use perfect lifting technique and nobody teaches them it. Same when they run, they instinctively use good form. Most running injuries are caused by over use or poor gait because of muscle imbalances or weeknesses. Go to any race and peoples arms and legs are all over the place. Most runners do little or no strength work, so just running a certain way just makes the imbalances worse. Sinajestic domminance is when the body finds it easier to let a strong muscle (or group of) do the work a weaker muscle should. For example, your glutes not firing properly because the stronger (relative) hamstrings are doing the work. Resulting in the hamstrings becoming over worked and the glutes staying weak. To avoid injuries you need to have an all round fitness and listen to your body. You normally get warning signs before an injury becomes full blown and stops you training. If you strength is `balanced`, you have a degree of core strength and you reasonably supple, you should run with ok form and have few injuries. I don`t think `trying` to run a certain way is the answer.
I wondered who had the injury baton now Meldy. Glad to pass it on.
When I started running I read that midfoot was the new thing. I started from heel striking then went to forefoot. That was a few weeks on intense calf pain. Then I rocked back to midfoot and the pain started to go away.
Now I'm a committed midfoot striker. Some would say I'm slightly heavy on the footfall (well known in my club for percussive runnning).
I see what you're saying DOM, though we are all different.
+ 1 for M..eldy said!! A gradual change is a good idea.
Newtons will encourage to land mid-foot. You may find it hard to consciously change to mid foot in your current shoes, I know I did.
M..eldy - the guys at Runner's Retreat in Marlow are worth talking to - they are both qualified Natural running coaches.
dreaming of magic...........i think the same as you regarding the whole running marlarkey.......After all these years i am just starting tio do something about my weak core
Seren have you throught about doing a bit of yoga? Would be very useful as a long term thing for your core.
Happychap wrote (see)
Always form before footwear :0)
She's a wise old bird that one
On Brighton Marathon two folk were actually running barefoot!! (Mind you, I did see on of them in trainers later on ... )
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