Comment from: Robert A [Visitor]
Robert A

MC - How do these compare to POSE or ChiRunning? (I don't necessarily follow any of that but am still curious)

06/19/09 @ 11:26
Comment from: mc [Visitor]

sorry Robert - not sure what the "these" is in the sentence, but i am sure i know nothing about pose or chirunning. ??


06/20/09 @ 04:13
Comment from: Robert A [Visitor]
Robert A

Sorry, that was my fault - I meant to say "this," referring to Z Health.

Pose and ChiRunning - from what I understand - are methods of promoting good form/alignment via strengthening exercises that cause a midfoot strike. I'm just curious to find out how this differs (besides the fact that it doesn't seem specific to running!).
They seem to be similar in that they reeducate the foot.

06/20/09 @ 23:22
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

Chi or Pose running has nothing to do with Z-Heath. Both are good to get better running technique. But you could easily combine Z-Helth with either as they are completly different modalities and want to achive different goals.

My take on Midfoot, Forefoot or Heel strike: All are correct techniques. Landing more on the rear of the foot has less damping but saves a little energy. Landing more on the front of the food has more damping and enables you to generate more power. So a heel strike has advantages for slow very long runs where the forces aren't very high so the damping isn't as important but saving a little energy might be an important factor. Faster shorter runs profit from landing more on the front as the forces get higher at higher speeds so the better daming makes sense. Running a 60m sprint with a heel strike is just plain dumb as you are trashing your joints and you'll never achive your highest possible speed as you don't use the powerer of the calves/Achilles tendon to their full potential.

06/21/09 @ 10:45
Comment from: Robert A [Visitor]
Robert A

Wow, thanks for all the info, you two. That's really helpful (and more than I was expecting!)

06/23/09 @ 10:42
Comment from: mc [Visitor]

Robert, i could talk about this stuff all day long. just shout if anything else comes up.


06/24/09 @ 13:59
Comment from: bwp [Visitor]  

I am currently training for a marathon (just finished my 12 mile long run week) and I've noticed that my lower calves and ankles hurt a lot. I wear ASICS Gel Nimbus 10s. Last Sunday, a friend asked me why I run on my toes/mid-foot to which I replied I don't know, I just run. Has anyone known someone that seems to naturally run midfoot form or is it something that really has to be taught? And could the shoes I'm wearing actually be hurting me since they weren't designed for the way that I naturally run?

07/14/09 @ 10:10
Comment from: [Member]


It's possible that your shoes are getting in the way of your training, but it's hard to say for sure. To complicate matters further, I don't think it'd be wise to test the shoes-theory by barefooting 12 miles out the gate, either.

However, you might be better off consulting with the various forum members who run -- check it out at


07/15/09 @ 09:57

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