ha, glad someone else spotted that. it annoyed me enough that I trawled the forum for the original discussion to see if he'd been mis-represented, but it was actually worse than I'd thought. it's hard not to be cynical, especially when someone like that uses jargon for no good reason other than to present themselves as an expert, and my immediate assumption is that the last thing someone who makes a living out of runners getting injured wants is runners finding a safer way of running. the fact that he suggests you could try to change your shoes (as the cheap option) but that trying a different style is a bad idea does him no favours and the seeming obsession with different leg lengths being the cause of all the world's ills seems to warp his analysis (not least of the point that running with bent legs would make it easier to minimise the effect than running with straighter legs and fewer joints engaged. hmm, still quite annoyed. it made me wonder what the mag's editorial policy on midfoot is.
hw - are you suggesting we've now evolved to run on our heels because we've been wearing shoes for generations? apart from the fact that it doesn't work like that - chop the tails off 50 generations of mice, the 51st will still be born with tails - you should watch kids run: young kids run midfoot, at some point we learn to run on our heels.
hw - I think it is pretty clear that we were "designed" to run midfoot. the simplest test is to take your shoes off (they weren't taken into consideration in the "design" process) and try running on your heels.
I don't think you should mix heel and midfoot, you're trying to create new neural paths to make your new style natural, mixing in your old style won't help. that said, it was easier for me as I was starting from scratch.
I've just started again after 4 years off running, and one of the hardest things is avoiding comparisons so, especially if you've lost some fitness, maybe find yourself a new route or even a new surface, and make sure you make it fun and enjoyable until you get back into the routine - you'll have plenty of time for being structured and goal-focused later.