OK…this week we keep upping the ante ever so slightly. You still want to hit 3 jogs this week. Two shorties and one moderately long. Try to tack at least one onto the back of a Tribe workout. Keep the steady low intensity. But now, let’s look at footstrike. Everyone is unique and there’s room for slight individual variance, but here is the commonality. Your foot will land toward the back on the outside when jogging and you will push off toward the front on the inside. This might not be an overt heelstrike (should be a soft roll-through if it is) but landing with a nearly flat foot but on the outside or lateral longitudinal arch. Then, as you go through your stance phase, you feel the pressure move over to the medial (big toe side) ball of the foot. Your goal is just to feel and appreciate that foot “roll” so that you can access those contact points. It takes some concentrating but once you start feeling it, you notice more efficiency and comfort. Keep in mind that maxi-pad shoes cause desensitized, sleepy, sloppy, lazy, slappy feet so experiment with more minimalist shoes if you have them.
Between our regular gym workouts and these fairly brief jogs and walks, I’m starting to feel like a better locomotor. There is a subtle refinement of efficiency that feels more comfortable through the body. My feet and ankles seem to be more like cat paws than clown shoes. Still no huge fitness jump yet, but this is the foundation. Have you noticed any of this happening?
I am catching up on forum posts from when I was out sick. But I just want you to know that the maxi-pad shoes line made me laugh. I have noticed in the past that when shoes were too hard or too soft it made my knees and hips hurt. I have a high arch that collapses when I run so I need a little support, but too much support makes me trippy.