Monday morning laugh

Not any evidence based review or anything like that today. Remember all the propaganda, rhetoric and vitriol about heel striking being evil? I will just leave this Rio Marathon Facebook comment here:


As always, I go where the evidence takes me until convinced otherwise ….and a Facebook comment is not evidence, but I think we now know what the evidence said about that previous propaganda, rhetoric and vitriol.

*Facebook comment used with permission

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2 Responses to Monday morning laugh

  1. Kevin Morgan August 23, 2016 at 12:58 am #

    Hi Craig,

    RE: Heel Strike – The drop of water wears away the stone!

    I’m pretty sure that heel striking will eventually damage joints, simply based on the mechanics. Cushioned shoe or no cushioned shoe.

    I started running in my 50s, and ended up having two running-related knee surgeries (split meniscus, plica, cyst). I was about to give up my dream of completing a full Ironman, then I thought, “Maybe I should change the way I run?”

    I studied low impact running, worked on modifying Danny Dreyer’s methods, amongst other things, and two years after my last knee surgery, I managed to qualify for Boston.

    I have worked to maintain a low impact style, ever since. I check my stride in the sandpit, routinely.

    I have been fortunate enough to finish 6 full Ironman races since then, and I continue to enjoy the sport.

    Whether I can get to Boston again, is another matter. Being 73, and not a really accomplished runner. But I plan to give it a try.

    Sometimes consideration of basic biomechanics can act as enough proof, at least for caution. I have a number of friends who were great runners in their day (one with a 2:32 in Boston), but have dropped out of running due to ‘bone-on’bone’ in their knees. Getting away with a heel strike, when young (under 40), is no measure of the chronic effects of a high impact technique when you get into your 60s and 70s.

    Just my thoughts!

    I like your style.

    kevin aka FitOldDog

  2. BCR September 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    That Kimetto guy is rubbish and doesn’t know what he’s doing. A Facebook know-it-all is far more credible than some bloke who can only run a marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes.

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