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Do you know how you run? A study on foot strike patterns.

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In the past three years, for my PhD, I had the chance to evaluate the running technique of around 250 people. I dealt with a wide spectrum of experience levels an running styles. The most common feedback I received, though, is that people don't know how they run. Even semi-pros.
An article about foot strike patterns, of which I am the first author, was published two days ago on the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. This study was mainly aimed to validate an automatic foot strike patterns assessment method. But what is the foot strike pattern (FSP)? Nothing more than the way our feet come in contact with the ground. If you simply divide the foot into three equal parts, you can call them fore- mid- and rearfoot (see Figure 1).

By looking at which of the three parts comes first in contact with the ground, one can determine the FSP and classify it as forefoot, midfoot or rearfoot strike (FS, MS and RS, respectively). It would be possible to use a videocamera to analyze this kind of e…

September 2015 - Training recap

With September the preparation for the winter season continued in the name of volume with just a bit of quality. I kept on running some 10k race pace and started retrieving a bit of speed.
As usual, you can see all my training sessions details on the SportTracks mobi service. Here the diary entries for the past September:
Tu01/09/2015Off.
We02/09/2015Easy 40'.
Th03/09/2015Easy 45' with some intervals (15'+10x30"+15').
Fr04/09/2015105' sailing (Uni-Jolle, Friday Regatta).
Sa05/09/2015Legs and core strength.Off.
Su06/09/2015Arms, legs and core strength.Easy 60', 5x100 m strides (100 m jog rest).
Mo07/09/2015Easy 40'.
Tu08/09/2015Easy 15', 4 km tempo run (10 km race pace), easy 15'.
We09/09/201515', 2 strides on grass, 8x60 m sprints on grass (60 m jog rest), CD.
Th10/09/2015Arms, legs and core strength.
Fr11/09/2015Easy 60'.
Sa12/09/2015Slow 40'.90' sailing (Laser Bahia).
Su13/09/201555' slow inline skating.
Mo14/09/2015Hilly 20'.25…