is heel striking bad
Simply put yes. The human body has adapted to running over 2 million years. Humans did not have shoes with a cushioned heel until the 1970s. before that our species used our ankle as a spring to improve timing, tension and shock absorption.
Whats cadence? What should running cadence be?
This was a question I got from an elite runner I was working with who had developed injuries and has not been able to train for over a year. It blew my mind that this guy's coach would put these young men through so much stress without even discussing running cadence with them
Today I want to tell you that not all core training is created equal. I have met so many people who have told me that they do all of this core training which is likely contributing to their pain. If you are doing sit ups and crunches, stop
One thing that I hear from 90% of athletes is that they need to stretch more or if their training partner is sore they recommend them to stretch more. I believe this is ill advised.
Calf pain is a very common issue with Runners. There are a number of reasons why your calf might be over stressed with running, but one I will talk to you about today is your hip. If you are not getting enough power from your hip extension you may be over using your calf to push off during your run.
James is dedicated to helping the Portland area decrease pain and improve performance. He believes education is an important factor in solving your problems.