In reading about minimalist shoes, you are not supposed to run on the ball, this will lead to sore calves. ++ crazymango/savannah++ this might be why you have more calf soreness vs the step classes causing it?
In lots of other readings, a mid foot strike is preferred. Not the ball, not the heal, but inbetween.
Also in the video posted, it states to land on mid foot, not the ball.
thanks Nancy, i'll remember that when i start to get discouraged.
i like to run, it's just a slow evolving process when i pick it back up again. i've started to learn to belly dance too, which requires a lot of ball-of-foot action also, so i've been trying to incorporate more into my daily life. build up strength & muscle memory.
ta to all ! p.s. thx crazy mango.
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As a new runner, I would not be too concerned with foot placement. 70% of all runners heel strike and while there has been lots of press about which foot plant is best, remember that genetics and muscle balance and imbalances determine much of how we run. As you become a runner, your running form will evolve. Running too much on your toes or the balls of your feet can actually shorten your calf muscles making you even less efficient as a runner and lead to bigger issues.
If you go to a race you will see a hundred runner and a hundred different styles/forms of running. What you want to focus on is keeping your upper body relaxed--including your face, shoulders and fist. Do not lead with your head. Do not overstride--in other words land too far with your lead leg in front of your center of gravity. You want your foot to be right below your hips when you get ready to push off.
Like I said over time you will make these adjustments. Make sure you are doing some lower body strength training and flexibility work to offset any muscle imbalances...one of the biggest issues leading to injury...that and not allowing enough recovery between runs.
You are doing it right with starting to focus on hitting on the balls of your feet. I would also try to focus on leaning forward. Here is a video that puts it all together for you! www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx6x2cD6Y8Q
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