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Running Form: Why You Should Change Yours
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Running Form: Why You Should Change Yours

As a runner I have suffered through many different injuries and looking back on all of them I have come to the conclusion that most of them were due to my poor running form. As I look back at how I used to run I can see the reason I had my various injuries. My knee problems were because I was relying too much on the padding in the heels of my shoes and striking the ground very hard. My plantar fasciitis was because of the way I was striking the ground. I was getting shin splints because I was relying on those muscles to actually propel myself forward as I run.

I tired many things to fix these injuries. I went to doctors who told me to rest and do some stretches and that worked for a while until I started to increase my mileage again then an injury would happen. Anytime I got injured I would have to take time off from running and that bothered me. Running is what gives me time to think.

The answer came to me when I read “Born to Run.” There is a guy in the book named Barefoot Ted and he is a real guy that really runs barefoot. The book raised all sorts of questions and I thought a lot about those questions. One in particular was why wasn’t Barefoot Ted always getting injured. He is older than me and runs without shoes. The book touches on barefoot running and what a few sports medicine doctors think about it. It sparked my interest and I decided to look into it a little more.

What I found while doing my research was that barefoot running wasn’t for me. I love to run on the trails and I don’t think that I can take the time to get my feet accustomed to the abuse the trails dish out. My solution was minimalist shoes.

To run in minimalist shoes you really have to change your running form. Running form for minimalist running is hard to get the hang of. You run on your forefoot, your hips are forward as well as your lean and you have a higher cadence. There are a lot of exercises and stretches that help you transition into this running form.

Since I have changed my running form I have not incurred any sort of injury. However I have only been running in a true minimalist form for about 1 to 2 years. But I usually got injured once a year before. At first my muscles were sore because I was running different and using different muscles but that quickly went away. I run faster now as well, my mile runtime although not really impressive dropped a good amount (now 6:20/mi). I also have way more fun running and I think is due to the fact that I do not feel as fatigued at the end of my runs. While running before I would always feel so fatigued and would dread going for a run. Now it’s quite the opposite, I feel lighter and freer while running with my new running form. A lot of people see me running and ask why I look so happy to be running and I tell them right away that I haven’t always liked running but now that I don’t get injured and I feel energized, I really enjoy it. So to those that have had any injury due to running or are just not happy with running anymore, you should look into trying a new running form. It doesn’t happen overnight but it is worth the wait.


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Hey Ted i read your article here and when o got to the part with born to run i remembered the study my friends did in college that was inspired by that book. It did a comparative analysis between barefoot and shod running. They published in sport science review. I have a like to it in a write up i did on my website if you want to check that out. Cool article ted.

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  about 5 years ago
Steve37  

I don't run with minimalist shoes but I know someone who does and he swears by it...As you stated it takes some getting use to but once you do my buddy said nothing is better...I've been very fortunate and have not been injured while running so I've stuck with what works for me....

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  about 7 years ago
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