Runners Please Don’t Heel Strike, I Don’t Care How Old You Are!

Don’t Heel Strike, Please!

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Please don't heel strike, runners, however old you are.

The sandpit test really works, when it comes to eliminating heel strike.

I guess we only learn from our own mistakes?

Today I said to a young runner, on the adjacent treadmill, “Please don’t heel strike.” I tried to be tactful, not like some irritating old guy.

I just said, “How’s the running going?”

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“Several friends of mine have ruined knees due to running with a heel strike, when they were young.”

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I watched the runner’s stride, as I left my run.

Classic heel strike!

I hated to listen, after my two heel strike-induced running knee injuries, and subsequent knee surgeries. This led to my re-learning how to run, with the help of Jack Heggie and Danny Dryer, and to qualify for the Boston Marathon, two years later. With the help of a great coach, Chris Hauth.

Just do the sandpit test, and you’ll know immediately.

don't heel strike

Which one is heel strike, A, B, C or D?

Don’t read the tea leaves, read the sand.

Oh! Yes! This young runner looked at me as if I was crazy, put the earbuds back on, and,

Thump! Thump! Thump!

Wishing you happy trails!


PS Please Don’t Heel Strike.


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.