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It’s OK to overstride…

…only if you are being menaced by a fire-breathing dragon.

Overstrider Dragon

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This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.


  1. George Lin says:

    Does that mean if I’m going to run the Disney World Marathon that I can overstride?

  2. hhahahahahahahhahahahahah

  3. It’s the first thing that draws my eye every time I see that ad in RW or RT. 

    Hell, if that beast was chasing me, I’d heel strike like nobody’s business if it would get me out of the magic kingdom faster.

  4. Is it possible that he’s not actually overstriding, and is just in the middle of a period of zero-limb support? His knee doesn’t seem any straighter and foot doesn’t look any more dorsiflexed than Desi’s in this picture: link to
    I know that this post was done in jest, but just feel like it’s hard to determine whether someone is overstriding or not based on a still picture. Especially when the background is Photoshopped in and it’s impossible to determine how far from ground contact he actually is.

    • Pete Larson says:

      Yeah, it’s possible that he’ll recover a bit before actual foot strike – still photos are very hard to interpret in that way. Just trying to have some fun :0

  5. Greg Strosaker says:

    I think all the Disney event ads have the tendency to show an overstride (though, as you point out, it’s difficult to judge based on a still photo).  I’m with Aaron R., this is the first thing that draws my attention too.

  6. haha, i saw that in runners world and thought the same thing I was like woah look at that stride, perhaps ad people don’t think a quick turnover would look visually appealing and that looks more like running to a layman

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