Why Learn Forefoot Running on Harder Surfaces, Barefoot!

Why Learn Forefoot Running on Harder Surfaces, Barefoot!

It’s very important to stress that running barefoot is one of the quickest ways to effectively learn forefoot running, but that’s only one side of the story. Running surface has a very important role to play in helping you learn forefoot running whereby running barefoot on hard surfaces, like pavement, naturally produces fast-acting affects at keeping you from landing heel-first (heel strike) as compared to running barefoot on grass. For one, there are major sensory differences between running barefoot on pavement vs grass. Running barefoot on pavement strengthens your focus at helping you maintain the ability to avoid landing with a heel strike simply because it hurts to slam your foot heel-first into the ground, but on grass it feels comfortable and may reduce your forefoot strike accuracy. Read more about the benefits of running barefoot 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