Confused yet? It can be hard to determine what kind of strike you naturally have, unless you watch yourself run on tape or have someone with a trained eye observe you. That’s why, if you’re serious about running, it’s important to get shoes based on your foot strike—or the kind of strike you’d like to develop. It’s not something to lose sleep over—as long as you’re wearing good shoes and being conscious of your body you probably won’t get injured—but it is something to think about the next time you’re on the trail.
In studies done on Olympic athlete runners, they actually haven’t found that one type of foot strike necessarily makes you faster than another, and that athletes vary in the types of strikes they have.
So what’s the verdict? Is there one right foot strike for everyone? The answer seems to be no. One thing experts can usually agree on is that you should run in the way that feels natural for you.