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Hack my "barefoot" footstrike.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I took this video of me running on a treadmil in my vibs about a year ago (as I was recovering from a Nike Pegasus induced left ankle sprain). I loved running in the vibs up to about 3 miles, but cold weather and and a Half Marathon debut pushed me into Nike Free.

I'm off the road for at least a couple of months due to a shoulder injury. I'm thinking about switching back to the vibs for my comeback, but I don't want to if I'm a heel-striking clunker.

http://youtu.be/JGGo6Jp9JdE

What do you reckon? Midfoot Strike or Heel Strike?

I'm a big lad, probably 260lbs in this video, hopefully closer to 230lbs for my comeback. I have very high arches, which means my foot rotates inward at each step. I'd like to utilise this excellent natural shock absorbing ability, rather than cusionning it with rubber.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:18 PM

No they do cross my chest, I run like a 240lb Paula Radcliffe (with hairier legs). It doesn't look great. I'll try and improve that too when I get back on the road.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I'm out for 1 to 2 months. I'll try when I'm running again.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:15 PM

Is over-pronation a bad thing? I understand it is from a "conventional" point of view, but with my arches, the only choice I have is to "stabilise" it with motion-control shoes (make my ankles ache) or suck it up. I would have thought that it's a useful shock absorbption mechanism.

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on January 10, 2013
at 11:34 AM

+1 for goddam-sexy-legs!

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on January 10, 2013
at 12:25 AM

I guess you mean that your arms do NOT cross your chest :)? Anyway, great to see that you are intent on optimizing your form with minimal cushioning. I am quite big as well (6ft5) and run with minimalist shoes, although I strongly restrict my running to trails, to avoid long term damage to my joints. Are it's more fun as well!

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on January 09, 2013
at 11:44 PM

I'm pretty sure that I roll onto my toe. I'm also pretty sure that my arms cross my chest at that my cadence is ~90 strides per minue. I'll work on these things. Thank you.

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on January 09, 2013
at 09:56 PM

Thank you phil. Last time I tried, I guess I worried too much about how my feet were landing. Next time I'll try and address stride and posture.

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on January 09, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I am no pro runner however run only in BF shoes when I do my 3-4 milers and my sprints. I think one of the primary problems with the transition from regular shoes to BF shoes is that runners keep the same stride length and upper body positioning. From my armature observation, I would recommend shortening your stride and think about more of an upright/neutral chest position. I don???t think you are a heal striker but I would recommend watching some BF instructional running videos via youtube.

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on January 09, 2013
at 09:56 PM

Thank you phil. Last time I tried, I guess I worried too much about how my feet were landing. Next time I'll try and address stride and posture.

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:12 AM

I would really like to see a video of you running on something other than a treadmill (pavement, grass, whatever). The only thing I can really tell from this video is that you over-pronate quite a bit.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:15 PM

Is over-pronation a bad thing? I understand it is from a "conventional" point of view, but with my arches, the only choice I have is to "stabilise" it with motion-control shoes (make my ankles ache) or suck it up. I would have thought that it's a useful shock absorbption mechanism.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:34 AM

Difficult to see the necessary details! Could you make a video upload where you show your body, side view and natural speed on video!

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I'm out for 1 to 2 months. I'll try when I'm running again.

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on January 09, 2013
at 10:51 PM

It definitely does not look like you are a heel striker. You clearly land on your mid-foot. You initiate your landing with the outside of your foot. It would be good to make sure that you end your strike through the big toe and that you do not stay on the outside for the whole foot strike, otherwise you might end up with achilles or tibialis tendon irritation/inflammation. Unfortunately, that is not visible from the video shot. A couple of other essential things for minimalist running from/economy. Your feet should land underneath your pelvis, not in front of it. Again, I cannot comment as this is not visible from the angle you shot the video. Your upper body should not be fully upright but with a slight forward lean. Cadence should be >90/minute. Focus on quick feet; the feet should spend the least time on the ground as possible. Upper body relaxed and hands driving forward, not crossing over the chest. Arms bent as if you had to hold a pencil in your 'elbow pit'. Hope this helps ...

F26fbc92b18f4689769d6f8746ea40f7

(334)

on January 10, 2013
at 12:25 AM

I guess you mean that your arms do NOT cross your chest :)? Anyway, great to see that you are intent on optimizing your form with minimal cushioning. I am quite big as well (6ft5) and run with minimalist shoes, although I strongly restrict my running to trails, to avoid long term damage to my joints. Are it's more fun as well!

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 09, 2013
at 11:44 PM

I'm pretty sure that I roll onto my toe. I'm also pretty sure that my arms cross my chest at that my cadence is ~90 strides per minue. I'll work on these things. Thank you.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:18 PM

No they do cross my chest, I run like a 240lb Paula Radcliffe (with hairier legs). It doesn't look great. I'll try and improve that too when I get back on the road.

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