Correct way to run

#1
I'm unsure of the 'correct' way to run. I always assumed that heel first was the correct way to run but I have been told by an ex para/ex Frog Foreign Legion that the natural way to run is to land on the balls of your feet. His argument was that before the advent of shoes people ran on the balls of their feet. Can somebody clear this up? Cheers.
 
#4
Its essential that you stick to the .....left foot, right foot, left foot etc, technique. Left foot, left foot, left foot, just wont work and you'll look silly.

Tune in tomorrow for expert insights into techniques for blinking and hand clapping.
 
#5
Don't forget to continually go in a forward motion or this to will cause problems if not adhered to
 

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#6
HKF,

Ignore that sarky fcuker up there^ :D

The only time you'd really need to put weight on the balls of your feet is if you do a lot of running uphill. Running shoes have a massive amount of heel padding/gel areas/support at the back for a reason.
 
#7
No worries hong_kong

are you inquiring because you get pain when you run or just interested??
 
#8
Firstly, putting one foot infront of the other works for me.

Don't flail your limbs, it wastes energy, look forward.. AND DRINK PLENTY BEFORE YOU GO > KEY TECHNIQUE
 
#9
hong_kong_fuey said:
I'm unsure of the 'correct' way to run. I always assumed that heel first was the correct way to run but I have been told by an ex para/ex Frog Foreign Legion that the natural way to run is to land on the balls of your feet. His argument was that before the advent of shoes people ran on the balls of their feet. Can somebody clear this up? Cheers.
I bet that Reptile told you they made them run barefoot too?
Dont think too much. Just run. Start "thinking" about how you run if it does not feel natural will probably just cause damage.
 
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#10
Having got to where you're going to, come back on the bus. It's so much easier.

Oh, and don't forget to breathe - quite important, that.
 
#11
blueflossy said:
are you inquiring because you get pain when you run or just interested??
I've recently started running again and after half a mile, or so, I get pains in my shins. I was wondering if this was caused by my technique or not being used to running (it has been a while). From what I've picked up on this site I am now aware of the importance of stretching and warming up, the importance of taking it steady at first and not over training, and alternating exercise routines (swimming, cycling, running, etc). I plan to take a trip to a specialist running shop to get the correct pair of trainers.

To all those sarky bastwards, I ain't doing the sack race. It might look like it, but I'm not.
 
#13
Good idea for the specialist shoe shop!

i used to have sore shins and i pronate. so i have shoes to stop pronation and double strike sorbothane inners to stop the soreness! works a treat!

Are you joining regs or TA or just wanna keep fit??
 
#16
There is two types of running positions I know, one is heel strike, which means you land on your heel this puts quite alot of strain on your legs though. Another running position is the forefoot strike, this means that the runner will land on the ball of his foot and will also lean slightly foward while running to help with this. An advantage of the forefoot strike is it is quicker as you do not have to roll of the heel of your foot onto the ball of your foot, many sprinters use this tatic. To be honest the heel strike is easier to maintain but if you are a serious runner there is no harm in trying the forefoot strike.
Hope this helps.
 
#17
Perhaps you could put a pink feathered skirt on, a pair of mess tins for your feet to go in, you could use the mess tins to just skid when going downhill and the loose feathers will provide some much needed ventilation for your vagina in this hot July temperature.
Just a thought!

As for the correct way to run, I would aim for the finish line!
 
#18
This is a fascinating topic and one I have put a lot of thought to over the last few years; first a few observations:

1. Most if not all professional runners land on the forefoot - that includes sprinters and marathon runners.

2. The faster you run, the more you naturally land on the forefoot as opposed to heelstriking.

3. Even if you are a heel striker - find a nice grassy field, take off your shoes, and run at a brisk pace. Do you heel strike? - No!

4. Modern running shoes have built up heels that practically force you to heel strike.

5. Professional runners run in racing flats (no built up heel) and when they are on a track (Guaranteed debris free) they run in spikes - or barefoot.

Conclusion? I believe the running shoe companies are just trying to protect us from our own ineptness; the average customer who takes up running is piss poor at it - we have worn shoes all our lives so our feet, ankles and lower limbs in general have lost much of their natural functionallity.

Poor average fitness, poor form and hard modern pavements and roads - the shoe companies are forced to design running shoes for the demographic that buys them - slow runners who run at not much faster than walking pace, and walking is something where we all naturally heel strike!
 
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