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Running can essentially be distilled into a series of single-leg jumps—which can be very hard on your joints. This is especially true for runners who are heel-striking—analysis shows that even on hard surfaces, barefoot runners who strike with their forefoot generate smaller collision forces than heel-foot strikers.
Here’s a great drill to teach your body to land on your forefoot: Using a line of tape on the ground, practice jump roping with one leg while landing on the forefoot. Stay on the line without looking down.
—Doug Joachim, a certified barefoot running coach in New
We asked elite runners, coaches, doctors, and more to share their very best advice to help you run farther, faster, longer, and stronger
We asked elite runners, coaches, doctors, and more to share their very best advice to help you run farther, faster, longer, and stronger.