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People will often use barefoot running (which involves normally wearing minimally protective shoes) and forefoot running synonymously. Forefoot running means essentially landing on your toes first.

<Here> is a link to [Proprioception-Making-Sense-of-Barefoot-Running] an introduction to this topic in more detail, written by a “barefoot shoe” manufacturer.

I have tried such shoes on a treadmill and Ihave to say my calves were knackered for a considerable length of time afterwards. However that was at a time when I was definitely rear foot striking. so going out hell for leather in a different running style with no cushioning was bound to cause problems. Again the aforementioned link tells you how to approach barefoot running more sensibly than I did.

Having said all that. I do run faster in running flats which are broadly similarly minimal and light running shoes. Mainly because of ┬áthem being lighter and encouraging forefoot running. I’m currently training to keep that up for longer than the 5k that I can just about manage.

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