Craig Payne

University lecturer, runner, researcher, skeptic, woo basher, clinician

Aug 22, 2016
Published on: runresearchjunkie.com
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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. http://athletewithstent.com/celebrating-new-beginnings-use-the-sandpit-for-running-recovery-to-reinvent-your-stride/

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