Monday, 7 June 2010

Touch and Go #7

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, June 07, 2010 with 3 comments
In his accompanying article Jungers eloquently stated:

“Although there is no hard proof that running in shoes, especially hitech or PCECH (pronation control, elevated cushioned heel) versions, causes injuries, in my view there is no compelling evidence that it prevents them either. However, there are data that implicate shoes more generally as a plausible source of some types of chronic foot problems.”

Speed and footstrike:
One other interesting finding was that speed was NOT related to foot strike type or ankle and foot angles. That means, how fast the runner was in the study did not relate to how he struck the ground. That helps to get rid of the old argument that I have heard time and time again that footstrike depends solely on speed and that only fast runners strike midfoot because they run fast. WRONG.

From a range of runners running at speeds varying from about 7minutes per mile to ~4:20 per mile, footstrike didn't depend on speed.

from Science of Running by Steve Magness. To be continued...



  1. That looks like a heel landing, but not as pronounced as Pam's!

    Is that a bird above Janene's head chasing the flying saucer?

  2. unfortunately when my picture comes up in due course you will still see heel landings.

  3. Don't publish it then! Get one that looks good (and free of pain).