Before beginning your forefoot running journey, I think it’s important to illustrate elements you should avoid when running. Some of these may come as a surprise, but it’s vital to avoid the following to develop the proper forefoot running technique.
Here are lots of good running tips on the DONT’s of forefoot running.
Mechanical DON’Ts of Forefoot Running:
- Don’t Run on Unnatural Surfaces
- Don’t Overthink Your Mechanics
- Don’t Midfoot Strike
- Don’t Force a Higher Cadence
- Don’t Run on Treadmills
- Don’t Worry About Your Flat Feet
- Don’t Run with Upright Body Posture
- Don’t Lift Your Forefoot Before Your Foot Strikes the Ground
- Don’t Restrict Pelvic Rotation
- Don’t Move Your Legs More Rapidly to Accelerate
- Don’t Constantly Stare Straight Ahead
- Don’t Propel Yourself with Your Toes
- Don’t Run Too Slow
- Don’t Worry About Whether You Have High or Low Arches
- Don’t Obsess Over Arm Swing
- Don’t Land on Your Toes
- Don’t Learn Forefoot Running on Grass
Footwear DON’Ts of Forefoot Running:
- Don’t Wear Regular Running Shoes
- Don’t Wear Heavy-Weighted Running Shoes
- Don’t Frequently Switch Your Running Shoes
- Don’t Wear Running Shoes with Motion Control Features
- Don’t Wear Protective Footwear for Recovery
- Don’t Wear Shoes Advertised as “State of the Art”
- Don’t Wear Running Shoes with a Flared Heel
- Don’t Wear Running Shoes with a Thick, Soft Midsole
- Don’t Wear the Mizuno Wave Universe 3
- Don’t Wear the Nike Free
- Don’t Wear Running Shoes with Toe Springs
Therapeutic DON’Ts if You Experience Pain or Suffer an Injury:
- Dont Wear Heel Lifts
- Don’t Wear Knee Braces
- Don’t Waste Your Time with Therapeutic Tape
- Don’t Wear Arch Support
- Don’t Stretch. Period.
- Don’t Pre-Run Stretch
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.