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Running Form Tips: Foot Strike

How to Improve Your Footstrike:

  1. Practice by running in place – make sure you pay attention to how the ball of your foot lands and then the heel touches immediately after
  2. Plantarflex your foot while it is in the air – point your toes slightly down
  3. Land on your forefoot, with your heel touching down a split second later (dorsiflex)
  4. Make sure you foot lands as close to your center of gravity as possible, leaning forward at the ankles will help
  5. Make sure you land as softly as possible
  6. If you’re having trouble, try shortening your stride. Aim for around 180 strides per minute.

Make sure you focus on this as much as you can until you can commit it to your muscle memory. Run shorter distances, slowly, until you get the hang of it. This will minimize your risk of injury while you get adjusted to your new form. Expect to take things slowly. You’ll feel a major difference when everything clicks.

This is an article in a series about learning good running form. These articles are presented as quick-hitting, easily digestible tips which you can immediately begin to work into your form without worrying about too many things at one time. To see the entire series, click here.

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March 9th, 2012
Written By: Brett

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