From Footstrike 101: How Should Your Foot Hit The Ground?

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Just received’s email newsletter “The RunDown,” linking to this topic on many minds: ¬†Footstrike 101: How Should Your Foot Hit The Ground?

The article speaks for itself and I hope you’ll read it if you haven’t already.

Some preliminary observations of my own subjective experience on this topic:

1. Based on the article’s takeaways, maybe terminology should change from “Footstrike” to “Foot Roll” or “Foot Fall” with the sense of the contact staying under the main body mass.

2. I’ve found myself paying attention to what my feet do in different running situations. I want to see what my body does to adapt while running on different terrains, inclines, declines, surfaces and at different speeds etc.. I also want to know what I have made into habit, whether good or bad. Are such habits lacking in one type of running versus another? This might help figure out how to break a bad habit by recruiting insights from another situation.

3. Variety is the spice of life, and there are a variety of running purposes that the body’s design equips us for carrying out. What do those purposes require of our bodies, and, are we all hitting all of the purposes for running with our running? Are we diversifying?

Behold the Shoe That Made my Feet Happy


Guess the make and model…[Altra Instinct]

This is a simple credit where credit is due. This shoe took away impingement problems I’d suffered wearing everything from Brooks to Vasque.

Only the Merrell Barefoot did the same except that for road running longer distances it simply didn’t provide the cushion my feet need. I use the Barefoots on rocky trails and there is nothing that glues to the rock like they do in my experience. Others may have a different perspective.

The socks are some of my favorites too, wooly and warm for winter from our local running store.

No paid endorsements here, just a desire to share what has worked for me in shoes: wider toe boxes, best feel, no impingement, freer and longer running.

All the best!