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Reese Witherspoon Strikes Midfoot

We have seen a many photos recently of Reese Witherspoon playing softball, and it looks like she will be running in her upcoming film, too.

It's nice to have a job that keeps you active. It also looks Reese is midfoot striker, which is good running technique. Although unnatural for some folks (like me), striking the ground with your midfoot provides greater shock absorption than heel striking, and it puts less strain on your calf muscle and Achilles tendon. A couple of years ago, I changed my foot strike and it has kept shin splints at bay. On another technical note, Reese could use a little more control in her arm swing to keep them moving more in the front back direction than swinging side to side.

To see which running celeb is a heel striker and why she should consider altering her gait, read more.


Jessica Biel is no slouch when it comes to fitness, but as sugar user syako pointed out, Jess is a heel striker. While we may be singling her out here, many people are. It feels natural for most people, especially since most of us wear very padded shoes when running. Hitting the pavement with your heel can puts you at greater risk for injury, especially to your knees. This gait pattern also sets you up for shin splints and hamstring injuries.

Do you run? Do you know where your foot strikes?


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scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 7 years
I think i strike midfoot
scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 7 years
I think i strike midfoot
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
i decided to run this afternoon and observed that my feet actually strike midfoot - yay!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I kinda dig that for once a blog isn't critiquing a celebrity's clothes or weight but her running form
1apple 1apple 7 years
Interesting - I never really thought about this but I run quite a bit, so I'll try to strike midfoot if I don't do that already. Thanks for this post!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
what about what SundayGreen said about striking/landing on your toe/ball of foot? i see people do this all the time and it looks so awkward and weird to me.
sugarfan sugarfan 7 years
How does one go about changing the way their foot strikes? Is it just a conscious effort when you run to NOT land on your heel? Are there any stretches or exercises that would make your leg/foot more inclined to stretch out farther to land on your midfoot?
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
I'm a heel striker trying to become a mid foot striker. It is easier said then done. Once I'm in the zone I forget to pay attention. Someday...........someday.
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I switched to mid-foot striking a few months back. The difference is noticeable.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
Maybe I'm weird but, I'm much more of a 'toe runner' - the ball of my foot tends to strike first. I always thought I was SUPPOSED to run with my heels first and sometimes try to change the way my feet strike, but I always end up running my own way.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I think I'm more of a heel striker, but I'm not sure. I get shin splints a lot, but I look more like the picture of Reese mid-stride.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 7 years
I love running, used to do it in college, my coach also told us about the benefits of being a midfoot striker, it lessens injury and is more efficient (unless you're a sprinter then in a race you want to be on your toes).
Renee3327 Renee3327 7 years
I strike midfoot and I definitely think it helps keep overuse injuries at bay. A lot of my friends who are runners and don't hit midfoot get a lot of knee soreness and shin splints but I never have those problems.
nancita nancita 7 years
I am a heel striker, but I often get shin splints and achilles pain. I guess I should rethink this!
margokhal margokhal 7 years
I just started running like 2 weeks ago, I wouldn't know. I don't think I'm a heel, though...except that's the place where I feel the most soreness and pain. I think that's more about my plantar fascitis and not wearing slightly heeled shoes EVER when I'm not running. I walk around barefoot or in unstructured flip-flops most of the time.
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