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Running - June 25th 2012, 03:35 PM

I changed my running style 3 weeks ago. I used to land on the heels of my feet. I read up and found out that this can cause stitches and joint problems in the long term. It also cause digestion problems for me. So I changed my running style to landing on the balls of my feet and absorbing the impact (kind of like a shock absorber) by "recoiling" my foot as it struck the treadmill.

This put a huge strain on my calf muscles at first. I'd do about 30 minutes of running, and would struggle to walk for the next two days, and the subsequent 2 days would be pretty painful still.

I took a week's break from running, tried it again yesterday, at an increased speed... and there's almost no pain whatsoever. I'm just surprised that my calf muscles have suddenly adapted so fast to this change. I'm shocked. Previously I'd be walking around almost crippled, trying to stretch the cramps out for several days, now I can barely feel anything. lol. I was expecting this to take maybe 2 months for me to fully adjust.

I'm not really looking for advice... just felt like documenting this freak show in writing.


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Re: Running - June 26th 2012, 11:32 AM

I teach gymnasts to run. Well, more to sprint, actually, because to have a good vault, you need to build power in your run up. But also if you can't run properly, you can't hurdle properly, and then can't tumble properly.

Anyways, I could have told you that, at least when doing speedwork, you should always run on the balls of your feet but you know that now.

I find that for slower running (i.e., what people normally refer to as "jogging"), so long as people wear the right shoes and get a good roll from heel to toe (there's probably videos of how it should look somewhere) then there aren't many issues.

Runners often experience things like shin splints not due to incorrect technique, but due to not training all the muscle groups - running only does *some* of the main leg muscle groups.

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(Also, just as an aside, you will find running much more natural if you go road running - or just any running that isn't on a treadmill. Treadmills, by the way they work, alter how you run naturally, so you will have more issues on a treadmill than otherwise, from what I have learned.)
   
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