7/28/2016 – 6 AM run, humid, 8 miles plus 6 striders
Since I started running in my minimal shoes almost 4 weeks ago, sure change occurred. Every marathon training season offers opportunity for me to improve my running. From attitude, shoes, gears, to training methodology, you name it.
This time with the minimal shoes, I changed my gait.
I am more erect in my posture, my leg movements switch from front and back to more up and down (as in raising and lowering ) motion like jumping from one foot to the other. Steven Sashen of the Xero Shoes calls this form the lifting off.
Benefits from this new gait are most noticeable in that no more blisters nor lower back pain for me. Followed by the feeling of the recoil force in my more aligned connecting chain from mid-foot, ankle, to knee, and hip.
While the jury is still out and the balance of the training such as speed workouts yet to come, my new running form does feel healthier so far.