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Pay attention, it’s running biomechanics lesson time:
I really wasn’t a huge fan of my biomechanics class. That is, until I was able to do a little research (a.k.a. pouring over journal articles and mashing them all together in a review paper) on a topic of choice. And my topic of choice: running biomechanics (duh) and the benefits of running barefoot, or, in a minimal heel-toe drop shoe.
The gist of the science, in layman’s terms, is this: a more natural, gentler on the body way to run is to land with a midfoot strike. This is best done barefoot (hence, the “natural” way to run). Traditional, bulky, cushioned sneakers often cause us to heel strike, and heel striking is very jarring on the body (hello shin splints!) not to mention less efficient. However, not everyone wants to run barefoot, or run barefoot all of the time. So what’s a runner to do? Find a sneaker with minimal heel to toe drop (i.e. the less bulky heel on the sneaker, the better).
I am a huge Saucony fan (ViZiPRO is where it’s AT!!) so I was more than happy to pass on this information when they asked me to share with my readers. Plus, I feel it’s important we all take care of our bodies while we run, through ideal running posture, stride, etc. I personally love the minimal Saucony Kinvaras, though many have said they aren’t cushioned enough for them. Now, Saucony has come up with a solution: the new models of their most popular shoes – Guide 5, Triumph 9 and Hurricane 14 – will have a new heel- to-toe offset of 8mm. This is a 33% reduction in the heel-to-toe offset of the average running shoe.
Saucony says: “This new geometry puts every runner in a more balanced, comfortable and powerful position without reducing cushioning or stability. Also, runners can more easily adjust their stride to a midfoot strike, aligning the lower body to absorb impact. Through extensive testing of different heel to forefoot offsets, Saucony was able to find what they believe is the best geometry for their most popular models. It is a significant development for the running community, as typical running shoes have had 10-12mm drops for the last 20 years.
So Saucony fans, or those looking to convert, keep your eyes peeled for BETTER versions of your favorite shoes!! For a chance to enter to win a pair of the new shoes before they come out in stores, click this link – http://www.facebook.com/Saucony?sk=app_221144054615026
Happy (midfoot strike) running my friends!