So yesterday I posted about how I had to ease back into my padded Nike Free Runs to prevent further heel pain. I think that was sensible. Going for a three mile run last night, I had the extra-assurance that the thick but flexible soles provided. And yet, almost as a counterbalance, because I could feel myself falling back into the old running pattern of mid-foot flopping, I lifted my head, straightened my posture, shortened my strides and lifted my heels.
It helped that near the start of my run is a slow incline leading up to Blackheath village, which itself has an incline onto the heath proper. It allowed me to almost stalk up the hills on the front foot, while trying to consciously keep my posture correct, and my strides short and quick.
And it both sounded and felt different. Again, I know I was wearing more padded runners, but the crunches I heard form my footfall shifting icy grass, and the light beats of my feet on the tarmac were more concise and purposeful than the usual slap of slabs striking the ground. In terms of feel, I was getting more propulsion. Consciously trying to do this is one thing, but for brief periods I settled into a somewhat unfamiliar, and yet comfortable, running style.
It felt positive, it felt easier, and – dare I say it – it felt lighter. Now I guess getting the right running gait in thick-soled shoes isn’t exactly where I want to be. But it’s a step further along than where I don’t. Naturally, I’ll keep you updated on my progress, but I’m stoked to actually have an idea of what a positive forefoot running gait feels like. And hopefully I’ll be back in the Evos pretty soon – hopefully without the heel issues!