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What Part of Your Foot Hits the Ground When Running?

Running Technique: Where Do You Strike?

Runners have an ongoing debate about technique and what part of the foot is better to land (strike) on.

Some say landing on the heel of the foot prevents injury to the calves and Achilles tendon, and is great if you're running long distances. Other runners say that landing on the ball of the foot is easier on your knees and other joints and that it makes you feel lighter, which is great when you are sprinting or trying to run faster. Others land on the middle of their foot, because that's what comes naturally for them.

So I want to know about your running technique. Where do you strike?


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