Understanding proper foot strike and knee drive is critical for healthy run form.
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Your video is great! Thanks for focussing on the basics which need to perfect!
Thank you for the video Eric! Great info, going to head out and give it a try!
Great Hans and James. For those of you who run in the snow and ice, as great drill for technique is to run on icy/snowy terrain WITHOUT slipping back.
And keep in mind that I use running barefoot for drills and learning, throw the shoes on.
right on! I'm also a completely recovered former heel striker. Now I run in minimalist shoes with a forefoot strike under my center of gravity, and never felt better. Here's a training thought: like a true barefoot runner, I try to minimize any friction between the ground and my feet. Friction implies a lack of efficiency in form. All of Eric's stuff leads to an almost frictionless, smooth gait. Fewer blisters. anyone else think about it this way?
Exellent vidéo good job! It's very clear and well explained
The drill teached me how to support mine body natural way
Over the last 4-5months I've been trying to transition from being a horrible heel pounder (with custom orthotics and stability/ motion control shoes) to a forefoot striker using lighter shoes. I've done a lot of reading and experimenting and although I've made progress, it still did not come together. Today, I watched this video and immediately headed out for a short run and voila, it all suddenly made sense. I still have a long way to go but now it all makes sense. While almost all other descriptions and videos focus almost only on the foot, the focus more on the hips and knees in this video is what did it. I just started running in one spot and then started moving forward keeping the mental image of running over logs. I relaxed my ankles and didn't worry so much about how my foot landed and just kept focusing on my upper legs and knees and I could feel how I landed on my forefoot and naturally brought my whole foot down. Before this I either slammed my foot down or tensed up in my ankles and never fully put my heel down.
Eric, thank you very much for providing this video to us all.
Thanks so much Eric for this great video! I have made the transition from heel striker to natural running form over the last 12 months. I have had a bit of soreness in calves and hamstrings but with a slow and steady approach and your guidence I feel like I am building the specific strength and muscle memory to be a "powerful and healthy" runner. Watching this clip brings back to me what is important with natural technique. Thanks again! Happy Running!!!
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