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Old 28 November 2011, 10:58
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Second this...I learned it the hard way.
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Several of the runners in the group that I train with either use the POSE method or barefoot running to alleviate pre-existing knee pain. They have had great luck with it reducing knee pain. One of the reasons that they state for this, is that most runners strike heel first and this causes a lot of stress on the knees, but that a mid-sole strike reduces the impact as it is how we are designed to run. I.E. if you run barefoot, without the padding of modern shoes, you tend to use a mid-sole strike.
I tried to switch for the proposed performance increase, but did so wearing the same shoes and running the same distance at the same time I was heeding other advice to not stretch. Unfortunately, changing your running style uses muscles that are not used with traditional heel strike running and now I have been dealing with calf pulls and shin splints for about a month. So if you try the barefoot running track, make sure you stretch and build back up to your running distances slowly.
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Old 3 October 2014, 14:45
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Sorry to bring a thread back from the grave, but I recently got some advice on switching from heel striking to landing flatter/ mid foot striking. I was hoping some here might have some more information on what specific stretches I should be doing to facilitate this change, as has been mentioned in this thread. Are we talking stretching calves out, rolling out my soleus', stretching hamstrings (which I need to do anyways), what?

Thanks for any information.
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Old 3 October 2014, 15:39
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I like "foam" rollers of various sorts. That and stretching using bands. Check mobilitywod for some great stretches.

I know this is an old thread, but some of you may consider rowing machines, if you haven't already. It's about the best cardio machine out there, IMO.

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Old 28 October 2014, 16:46
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I highly recommend the lower leg trigger-point kit.

I switched my gait about 6 years ago and it took about a year to really work it out. I started in 5 fingers with only a 1 mile variable speed run on the track(120/110/100/90 secs per quarter) a week and used a low drop trainer (kinvara/green silence were my go to shoes) for the rest of the weeks mileage. I battled through a little achilles tendonitis and calf pain, but the trigger point kit, ice and patience kept it from becoming chronic. My coach had me really focus on keeping the soleus flexible and rolled out so it wouldnt strain the achilles too much. My #1 advice would be to go slower than you think you should and compensate the missed cardio with additional cycling, rowing or swimming.

6 years later i never get injured running and am faster. I still roll out once or twice a week, do proper warm up's, stretch, eat well and sleep well.

GL with the switch. Stay healthy and remember consistency is the key to speed.
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Sorry to bring a thread back from the grave, but I recently got some advice on switching from heel striking to landing flatter/ mid foot striking. I was hoping some here might have some more information on what specific stretches I should be doing to facilitate this change, as has been mentioned in this thread. Are we talking stretching calves out, rolling out my soleus', stretching hamstrings (which I need to do anyways), what?

Thanks for any information.
Try getting a pair of Hoka One One running shoes. They made a world of difference to me, where I could actually run more often again, and the greatly reduce the heel strike.
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Old 29 October 2014, 07:45
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I injured a calf a few years ago and it creeps up occasionally. A compression calf sleeve has always helped rehab and recover. I use Zensah but there are other. Just what works for me. Not a doctor or PT obviously. Good luck.
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