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I have been attempting to run more efficiently with a focus on midfoot landing. I have been able to run many miles in a less traditional shoe. There are many times while running that I can sustain a midfoot strike for 5-7 miles, but once I become tired the heel strike happens. Now granted the heel striking is very slight because I am able to maintain my cadence and still feel very 'soft ' on my feet. But I know that the strike is different. This feeling is very noticeable in a zero drop shoe, less noticeable in a 4-6mm drop shoe. (Don't laugh I have more than my fair share of shoes)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
But my dilemma is this: My mile times can and usually do improve with this less than perfect form. I'm not reaching out with my heel to gain distance; I'm simply running more relaxed. I have even recorded myself running to look at the difference. To my untrained eye, the only difference is my foot position at impact to the ground.
Has this journey into trying to land on my midfoot been in jest? Any other readers experiencing the same?