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Pounding Pavement by Heel or Toe

Heel strike or toe strike?

With the fall marathon-training season in full stride, it is time once again to argue about running form. How a runner’s foot should strike the ground incites passionate debate among athletes and coaches, despite scant persuasive evidence to support either position.

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Interesting topic.  I have tried both ways, and aside from take off, sprinting, or running uphill, it's seems difficult to run on the forefoot. 04-18-2014 4:16pm

Comment by Marc Cary

I agree, but they say that's more "natural" but I also think body type might have something to do with it as well.  Stride length seems to also play a role....lots of good stuff to think about though.  Sometimes when I am... more »I agree, but they say that's more "natural" but I also think body type might have something to do with it as well.  Stride length seems to also play a role....lots of good stuff to think about though.  Sometimes when I am running in these races (and let's be clear that the term 'running' is generous in my case) I watch the gait and strike pattern of the runners around me to keep my mind off the pain. 04-18-2014 6:18pm

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