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How to land on the correct part of the foot, and why?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hey RIF REVers, 

The common misunderstanding in running is that we can consciously change where we Land on our feet without thinking about any other factors. Realistically, the correct way to land in the most optimal way is dependent upon a couple of other factors, that are shown during the video. Those being:

1) The angle between the runner and the ground
2) Ensuring that initial contact with the ground is made directly below the runners' hips
3) Ensuring that the hips remain straight to prevent hyper-flexion

Typically, in Western cultures, people like to throw their legs forwards, with big strides. The first part of the foot typically that hits the ground when doing this is the heel or contact is made with the foot very flat resulting in high impact.

So the discussion shouldn't be where you wish to land on your foot, it should be how and why?

When I run, I typically run in the mid-foot with my heel roughly a cm or so off the ground and then contact moves slightly towards the ball as speed increases. Ultimately, it's my desire, as with all other areas of movement, to do what we were clearly made to do.

Enjoy your running folks

Warning: This blog is intended as a starting point for runners to understand their body and begin to address weaknesses and tension that can lead to injury. It does not constitute advice and is not a treatment tool. If you have any health condition or injury whatsoever, check with your personal health care practitioner before attempting any strategy listed. Use at your own risk and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.



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