OK, so I jumped in and asked a question when there was loads of info on here anyway. Having read a lot of the information on here I have just been for another run and found that not worrying too much about getting onto the front of my foot, but leaning forward and trying to keep my steps light (hard for an 18 stoner) I have found a much more comfortable position.
I also think for a beginner I am worrying too much - getting out and getting fitter is a better attitude to have at the moment. I have taken up cycling too so I am mixing wit some lower impact exercise.
I have just started a couch to 5k programme foir the second time. the first time I got so far and suffered ankle pain. This took 3 months to recover from. Someone has suggested my running technique is wrong.
I run naturally heel first, and then the rest of my foot hitting the floor. I am now trying to change to running on the ball of my foot, after taking advice. However, it feel so unnatural, and I am realy struggling. My pace has increased but I am struggling. It does not feel natural.
Two questions - is it better to run on the ball of the foot rather than the heel, and how long should it take me to get used to it.
In the end I bought a decent ankle strap, kept sticking my foot into a basin of iced water, and kept it elevated. Much improved. Did my first run today (back to the start of C25K, and will stick to it this time).
Cheers Andy - i'll give it a try. It's such a frustration. I have never run 6k before and it felt so good. I obviously need to take it slower. I think it's more muscular than joint. The left hand side of my left foot. I'm going to keep going with the ice regularly - hopefully it won't be too long!