Sorry Laura, its definately better to land on your balls!

Of your feet, obviously. I have been taking fellow bloggers advice here about not landing on your heels and landing on the balls of your feet instead. I have been trying to do that quite successfully, wow what a difference! Running feels much more natural and i definately get more lift off. I just ran 3.6 miles with ease, i reckon i could have run at least 4 miles. Deffo worth a try boys and girls!

Ed x

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  • Yay! So glad 'non-heel-landing' is working so well for you.

    Did you say you ran 3.6 miles with ease???? WOW!

    Chi running - the way to go. I'm 3/4 of the way through this book, and it is sooo good. (I'm not really into the chi-ness, but the posture stuff is all excellent.) Every time I started to feel tired in my 5-min (big deal!) runs today, I thought about loosening up the joints, and keeping my back aligned, and it really did help. Go get that book! (I am not on commission - I just want to stop hearing so many stories about injuries on here.) Or read Gordon Pirie's online book about running - google it.

  • Hi green, i haven't even heard of chi running, i will have to Google it. I read an article in Runners World magazine about posture and 'switching on' muscle groups, very odd!

  • Oh sorry, yes 3.6 miles, amazing for me. This was the first time i tried really hard not to heel land, coincidence?

  • The author of Chi running (can't remember) and a guy called Gordon Pirie (another one to google) would say it wasn't at all coincidence, it was cause and effect!

    They are both quite characters, both serious long-distance runners, but what they say makes a lot of sense. They are both very anti modern running shoes too, which is interesting, to put it mildly! (They blame running shoe design for stopping people running naturally, on the midfoot - they distinguish between midfoot and ball, incidentally, and don't seem so keen on balls, as far as I can tell!)

    Next book on my list is Born to Run. I'm a bit one-track minded.

  • Oh i see. Midfoot landing does that mean landing sort of flat footed? I really want to run a marathon before i hit 50, i am 48 in March, so i have a long way to go yet. If i can find a more efficient way of landing and launching i will give it a go.

    Thanks Green

  • I think it is sort of flat-footed - but don't take that as gospel! Have you seen the NOVA challenge - I came across it last week pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/mara...

    Basically it was a group of non-runners of all ages (up to 59) that they trained up to do the Boston Marathon in a matter of 9 months, for a tv programme. The only one that didn't complete it had a significant health issue that prevented it. Amazing. Reading about it made me quite sure I am exceedingly unlikely to ever want to attempt a marathon, because it sounded pretty horrible, but it was very interesting! They did have specialist coaches and medical backups etc to move them on that fast. One of the younger ones had to drop out because of injury, and came back in later on, but still managed to do the full distance. Strange what people will do to themselves for fun!

  • Cool, i will give tha a look later on. I know people who have done marathons and have regaled me going for a #2 along the way. Without a loo in sight! :-(

  • Bleurgh! Yes, that's a major disincentive!

  • Yes that would be a problem, especially when you have nerves combined with an unfamiliar route!

  • Hi Greenlegs,

    Chi Running was written by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer and it is a brilliant book, (they also wrote Chi Walking which I haven't read yet). The principle of it is to make use of gravity and momentum and not so much muscle - it makes sound sense. We were always taught not to land on your heels as this transmits shock upwards to your joints and spine - mind you in those days nobody had heard of 'trainers' we all ran in black plimsolls:).

  • My word!! I was half-way scared to click on this after reading the title!! ;-) Glad you had a fantastic run Ed!! :-) Gayle

  • Well i wanted to get readers attention! :-), thanks Gayle, Ed x

  • Great double-entendre! Will use it in my next publication d x

  • Go for it! Why have a single entendre? Make mine a double! Ed x

  • Thanks for the smile Ed :-) and I can only agree, much as I love the podcasts heel striking was not good for me.

  • Hi Not, well if it worked for you as a graduate, thats great validation for me, great stuff!

  • Hi Ed, love the title! I have a question for you - how did you work out which part of your foot you landed on, and then how did you change it? When I 'run' I am so busy looking at the footing coming up, bothering about what my shoulders are doing (hunched if I don't consciously relax them), trying to breathe properly... you get the general idea. Any tips about thinking about my hobbit feet?

    Thanks, Annie

  • Fantastic Ed!! You are doing great! I think I run mid foot, at least I try to but will give the balls a good go and see what happens ;)

  • Thanks Jedda, i am not clear what landing midfoot actually entails to be honest.

  • Well from a fellow Murphy, when i started Laura states its better to land on your heels.

    I have read on here thats not a good idea, same in running magazines actually so i simply

    tried landing ln the balls of my feet instead. It isnt easy to break any bad habit but if

    you persevere eventually you will succeed. Dont devote too much time to it though.

    Make sure also that you are more or less upright and you are breathing properly.

    To be honest if you are a graduate you must be doing something right. I dont

    know if thats any help x

  • Hey Ed, how's your balls today???? Any tenderness???? ;-)

    Keep Running!! :-)

    Steve

  • Hi Steve, no me balls are good ta, Its deffo the way forward for me :-)

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