Why Avoid Learning Forefoot Running on Softer Surfaces

Why Avoid Learning Forefoot Running on Softer Surfaces

If your forefoot running learning progress has been slow, you may want to consider running barefoot on pavement rather than softer surfaces. A lot of final conclusions in many studies have one common theme: running barefoot on harder surfaces can help you make more rapid progress in learning a forefoot running technique that’s impact protective and energy efficient as running barefoot is also on record for driving the growth of stronger, taller arches that are more spring-enabled and can store more elastic strain energy more easily. Read more about the benefits of running barefoot on pavement here!

Bretta Riches

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

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.
Bretta Riches