I might not have been long into running. In fact, when compared to veterans like Sir Victor Ting who had been into the sport for like decades, my four years are but very recent. However in a span of those years, I have learned and unlearned a lot of supposedly ideal and proper running or training techniques and gears.
This running revolution in our country made a good number of newly recruited army of wellness buffs not only storming the streets but the internet for information regarding the sport. They devour and imbibe everything and anything running including fads not only in running wear but also in training methods. A lot of school of thoughts not necessarily supported by science or thorough research have sprouted here and there. A lot of these gained popularity and growing patrons depending on their seeming authoritative and erudite formulations or explanations.
We are indeed a lucky bunch since everything nowadays including a deluge of information courtesy of the cyber cloud is but a few key strokes away. However, this could likewise prove to be a bain for a lot of trash in gold trimmings are a dime a dozen as well. Normally, the marks of something with substance or at least a good measure of truth and effectivity are longevity and mass support.
Major brands likewise throw themselves behind every new promising concept or technological revolution to stay ahead of the competition and earn the interest of consumers which more often than not means increase revenue. This commercial glamorization of new concepts or theories on better running experience, faster speed, stronger body, better material, etc. muddles the very essence of things. What is popular and promising will always be true, or made true at all cost.
My limited experience and nil involvement in the science of the sport will hinder me from touching very complicated academic or technological journals. Neither can I provide authoritative and erudite evaluation on these up and coming hypotheses/trends. But via my own research and experience, though elementary and reading based, I will try and manage to inject some personal appraisals. They are in no capacity meant to challenge the old and/or popular propositions but provide another insight for broader understanding of everything and anything running. After all, these new concepts might themselves be just that, mere concepts, and my assumption of accepted thoughts might likewise be just that, mere assumptions.
I will add new concepts from various web sites as I come across them.
1. For starters, let me give you the Competitor.com article that considered many fads as myths including proper shoe type selection, perfect cadence and foot strike.
I myself am not a believer of foot strike altering shoes. They put a chunky midsole material to prevent your feet from pronating. Well maybe for heavier set runners who pronate very significantly. But for medium to lighter built runners, I go for adaptation in this regard. Our body adapts to whatever foot strike our genes tell us to.
Just like in walking when each one of us has a distinct gait, it is the same in running. Injuries occur when our body, our legs in this aspect, are not yet accostumed to a new stress. Given time though, and whatever foot strike they got, everything will run as smooth as a well oiled machine. Do not tamper much with nature.
2. Minimalist running is not all red and rosy. It can lead to injuries too. In the following article, you can read that minimalist running is not for everybody. With regards to conclusive statistics on which one produces the most injuries, that I believe was not supported. On my part, yes our body is designed not to be tampered by thick soles, but neither is it capable outright of immediate release from that which it grew accustomed to. Adaptation is key factor for me in all things new and trendy.