The best distance runners in the world are from Ethiopia where most grew up barefoot which accounts for their flawless forefoot running style. Below outlines how we can learn from their form.
What is the proper way to run? Heel strike or forefoot strike?
I love how Bekele and Dibaba run. I especially love their high back kick. Here is the main reason why they display this feature when running..
Ground contact is longer in heel strike running than forefoot running because of 2 factors: 1. a posterior position of the center mass at foot strike and 2. foot rollover causes the foot to spend more time on the ground.
New reports suggest Ethiopian distance runners are better due to running barefoot on account of earlier adaptations to the proper running form.