Working with Human Kinetics, I’ve produced this video to explain how to measure the various angles during a running cycle. The video was made by exactly following their recommendation in the book.
We are able to offer this analysis and relevant activities as an option for our Click and Correct (TM) clients.
Heel striking – why not? There are many reasons to land on the front part of your foot vs your heels, these are covered elsewhere. Did you know the performance difference it could make?
These videos do need a margin for error but they were taken with the same equipment, within 50 metres of each other and 24 hours apart.
The videos show that in one stride the heel strike runner took 2.19 to the 1.80 taken by the runner landing on their forefoot. This makes forefoot something like 18% more efficient in this scenario. Allow a BIG margin or error – say 5% more efficient.
In October 2017 I ran Snowdonia Marathon with Jenny (the forefoot runner in the video above). We ran fairly much together and my watch recorded 54,638 steps in 4:54:09 (17,650 seconds) – short, fast steps. Very short, very fast, except on the hills.
In 17,650 seconds a 5% efficiency loss is 882 seconds, thats over 14 minutes. Fourteen minutes.
14 minute gain on a marathon just by forefoot landing.