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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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running barefoot and overstriding Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:04 am 

I've heard that a common problem among novice runners is overstriding-- taking longer strides than is efficient. Shorter strides with a higher rate of leg turnover is supposed to be a less tiring way of maintaining the same pace. There's less vertical displacement and wasted energy. If you are a "heel striker" and land hard on your heels with each stride, chances are you're an overstrider.

A good treatment for this is supposed to be barefoot running, since it's practically impossible to overstride while barefoot. A couple of miles of barefoot running per week is what's recommended.

This all makes sense to me, but finding a good place to run barefoot is going to be pretty tough. If you've tried it, where did you run and how did it work for you?


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: running barefoot and overstriding Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:03 pm 

Heh heh, I found the perfect follow-up to this: www.runningbarefoot.org. It's a whole site about running barefoot, and the benefits they claim it provides.

From their site:

"One of the first things that happens when we take off our shoes, is that we feel our feet touching the ground. It is through this important channel of perception that our body can teach us to run more gently, more smoothly, and more naturally."


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