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Slide 1: ==== ==== Check out our latest rowing machine and fitness equipment reviews! Just click on this link: http://bestreviewz.com/best-fitness-equipment/rowing-machines/waterrower-oxbridge-rowingmachine-in-cherry-with-s4/ ==== ==== I feel as if I have just emerged from the dark ages. After many years of being told that I run incorrectly, I found that there is nothing wrong with running on the balls of your feet. In fact, most of the top runners are forefoot strikers. Not that I fall in the "top runner" category. After running for about 15 years and suffering from virtually every injury ever recorded for the leg from the knee downwards, I stopped running seriously for about 10 years except for the occasional jog. The beginning of this year I decided that it is time to seriously start running again. I reckoned that in the past 10 years the running shoe technology and the general knowledge of how to treat and prevent running injuries should have improved to the point where I could at least do a regular 10km without any fear of injuries. In the shoe shops there seem to be more sales people around that know all the running shoe buzz words such as neutral, pronation, shock absorption, etc. but they don't seem to know anything new. "You have neutral feet and are a heavy runner (90 kg). You need a shoe with lots of shock absorption." This is the same message I got 10 years ago. The running shoes I use for my occasional jog fall into this category and since they have not been used much, I decide to stick with them. Not to long and some of my old injuries surface again. There now seem to be a lot more podiatrists around, and I decide to consult one and get some expert advice. Again I am told that I have neutral feet and need a shoe with lots of shock absorption. "You also need some insoles to lift your heels." Then he gave me probably the best advise I had from anybody: "Go to a physiotherapist to get rid of the knots in your calf muscles, let him show you how to stretch correctly and how to do exercises to strengthen your calves." After about a week and a few painful physio sessions that did me a world of good, I am on the road again with my new orthotics in my shoes. My heels are so high I feel like I am going to fall on my face any minute. Not good. The second time I run with these I get all kinds of pains that I never had before and decide to take them out, stick to the stretching and the strengthening exercises, and get new shoes. I feel like am running on marshmallows with the new shoes. The salesman assures me that these are the best shock absorption shoes on the market. "Perfect for neutral feet." The second run in the new shoes and I have problems again. I take the shoes back and decide to go for a gait analysis and see what technology can tell me. I am made to run a number of times over a type of electronic pressure plate that records the exact movement of my feet. The results: "You are running completely wrong; you have virtually no heel
Slide 2: strike. You must learn to run with a heel strike or get orthotics to lift your heels". I feel like a freak of nature. "Everybody" lands on their heels except for me! After my previous experience with orthotics I decide against it. But I stick with my old shoes and the stretching and the strengthening exercises which seem to work. I try to run with a heel strike but this is very uncomfortable and feels completely unnatural to me. I only really manage it to some extent on down hills. Still, I manage to complete two fairly flat 10km races without any problems and then take a race on over very hilly terrain. On a very long, steep downhill my one calf breaks down again. This stuns me. On down hills I run mostly on my heels as I have been told I should, and should not have any problems! While slowly limping back to the start, I walk past an army building with some uniformed guards at the gate. This made me think of my days in the army. At one stage we ran 10km virtually every day and probably walked as many. And that in army boots and uniforms, carrying stuff like rifles and backpacks. I remember some of us had the heels taken off our boots and replaced the sole with a softer rubber with a very low heel. I never had shin splints, or calf strains, or runner's knee, or iliotibial band syndrome, or Achilles tendonitis. Did not even know injuries like that existed until I started running with expensive running shoes. Granted, I was a lot younger then, but the conditions were much tougher than any road race. Maybe the high heel is part of the problem and seeing that if have very little natural heel strike, maybe I should just accept that and look for more shock absorption under the front foot? At home I start searching the internet for shoes with less heel and more front foot absorption and that is when I discovered the world of the forefoot striker, and that is why I feel as if I have just emerged from the dark ages. I am not a freak of nature, there are many runners out there that are natural forefoot strikers. There are even people out there encouraging runners to become forefoot strikers because your knees and ankles then absorb most of the shock. No need for high heeled shoes with heel lifts that makes you trip over your own feet just to get some heel strike. Most of the top finishers in races of any distance from 100m to marathon are wearing "racing flats," which have absolutely no heel cushioning, and no stabilization features. And the runners all run with a forefoot strike. My next quest will now be to find suitable shoes and then to see how far I get if I forget about trying to land on my heels. There don't seem to be a lot of shoes around for the forefoot striker. Maybe I should go for "racing flats" or cross country shoes. At least I now have a better idea of what to look for. Hopefully this combined with the stretching and the strengthening exercises will resolve some of my injury problems without creating new ones. Pete Little is a business consultant and spends most of his time in front of his PC. Whenever he gets the change he likes to spend time on a game farm in the South African Bushveld. He writes on the outdoors and sport, especially running and rugby. Visit his websites at http://www.outdoorsshop.net and http://www.rugbyfootball.co.za
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