Why do we run? And more importantly, how should we run?
The legions of marketing mavens hawking running shoes will tell you a heel strike is safe with their shoes on, but some scientists happen to vehemently disagree. The controversy over this subject can be as heated as the ideal-diet debate.
Dr. Daniel Lieberman is a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and an avid runner. His research on human evolution and accident prevention has led him to believe in—as well as utilize—the forefoot running pattern.
Scholarly Ian Wittenber of Again Faster stops by Harvard to discuss this topic with Dr. Lieberman in hopes of understanding more about the evolution of proper running form.
Additional reading: Running the Wrong Way? by Dr. Lon Kilgore, published March 17, 2010.