I was running my Week 4, Day 1 of the Rookie Running Program outside, but it was raining really hard and then started to hail so I quit before my last interval and drove home.
When I got home, I took a bit of a rest and thought I'd start over and just run it inside. I don't have a treadmill, and my shoes were wet. The distance is short so I just thought I'd run it barefoot through the house.
Running barefoot changed my stride to where I was landing on the balls of my feet instead of midfoot. I couldn't believe how much easier it was, although the next day I was much more sore than usual. My knees felt way better though.
I did some research and the common opinion seems to be that landing on the balls of your feet is better for sprinters and short distances, but longer distances a midfoot strike is better.
Does anyone have any opinion on this? Coaches or experienced runners? Are any of you guys running distances of 5k or even more and striking on the balls of your feet?
I'd just like to get some real life input on this instead of just random Yahoo answers posts. It is very tempting to let those muscles build and land on the balls of my feet. It felt so much better!
Thanks in advance and if I need to ask this somewhere else, just let me know. I was hoping it was related enough to the team to ask it here.
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