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Posts Tagged ‘running shoes’

April 20th, 2012

5 Quick Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

Here are 5 quick tips that will help you prevent running injuries.

  1. Warm up before your run. Try a slow jog.
  2. Cool down after your run. Again, slowly jog.
  3. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. This will speed up your body’s natural healing process and reduce the amount of time you need to recover from training. Thus, you are helping to reduce the chance of overuse injuries.
  4. Drink enough water. 8 glasses a day isn’t enough when you’re running.
  5. Wear shoes that fit your feet well. But, also make sure they fit your goals.

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April 17th, 2012

Breaking It Down: Forefoot Striking vs. Rearfoot Striking (Part II)

Forefoot Striking 2In the last post, we covered Force A (when your heel strikes the ground) and Force B (when the ball of your foot strikes the ground).

We covered that  Force A is present in only a rearfoot strike, while Force B is present in both forefoot and rearfoot strikes.

But there is even more to this. Eliminating Force A by using a forefoot strike is more significant that just removing one of two forces. Because Force A is happening in such a small amount of time (hence my referring to it as instantaneous), your body can’t spread the force out as it can like Force B.

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April 13th, 2012

Breaking It Down: Forefoot Striking vs. Rearfoot Striking (Part I)

Forefoot StrikingI’ve always advocated forefoot striking as opposed to rearfoot striking. The benefits have a growing scientific body of evidence to lean on. Whether you’re looking to prevent injuries, improve your performance, or increase your efficiency, forefoot striking can help you achieve your goals.

However, I’ve never explained exactly what makes forefoot striking better. For those of you who haven’t just accepted my statements at face value, this post is for you.

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March 13th, 2012

What to Do If You’re Not Injured

So, you’re not injured. First of all, that’s awesome. You don’t have to deal with the pain and frustration that injured runners have to deal with. But that’s OK – we want to make sure you stay healthy.

This starts first and foremost with learning good running form. Good running form is important because it minimizes the stress you place on your legs, particularly your feet and knees. Repetitive stress leads to what we called “overuse” injuries – i.e. injuries that are caused by overworking your muscles and joints and not giving them a chance to recover. Putting it simply – learning good form will teach you to be light on your feet. A runner who is light on their feet has a better chance of staying healthy than a runner who “pounds the pavement” with heavy, plodding steps, because there is a smaller force straining their body. This adds up, as most runners take over 1,000 steps per mile!

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February 28th, 2012

New Truths About Barefoot Running?

New research shows that landing on your forefoot while running makes you nearly 2.5% more efficient and can reduce injuries by up to 50%.

I spend a lot time writing about running shoes. I’m not what you’d call a “big fan” of the modern, traditional shoe. Even though I am not a barefoot runner (I prefer a minimalist shoe without a heel lift), people who run barefoot usually run with proper form. Not always, but most of the time they have to by necessity. I truly believe people who heel strike are just begging to get injured, and if you heel strike in your bare feet – let me just call a doctor for you right now.

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