It's been about decade since born to run was published. Yet, there are still people out there promoting the BS it pushed in it like heel striking is bad and that we should land under our center of gravity(a very stupid statement). First, let's discus the idea that if we were running with no shoes on we would naturally land forefoot. Have these people never seen a video Abebe Bikila winning the 1960 Olympic marathon? Or, the many many different Kenyans who grew up without shoes and went on to win at the global level heel striking in very minimalist shoes i.e. racing flats or track spikes. Two, landing under your center of gravity/don't over stride. This is one of the most absurd statements to make. In order to go forward, you have to take a step forward. If one landed under their center of gravity, they would just be running in place. Three, claims by these people are that injury is caused by heel striking. When the motion of landing on your forefoot is much more stressful on your lower leg than it is heel striking. Lastly, their claims people run faster if they would land on their forefoot. This is a result of reverse causation. The motion of the leg is different for different speeds. They look at a hobby jogger jogging and look at someone run a 4:30 mile pace and say see the faster runner is running like this so should you. How do people not see how absurd this is? Of course if you run faster, you'll run differently. But if you make some jogging run like someone running much faster, all you are doing is wasting energy. Energy, running like this bouncing motion they promote just waste energy. Most hobby joggers are better off heel striking. And, this is not a bad thing. To say heel striking is bad, means you are a stupid person who does not understand the biomechnics of human beings.
End of rant. Heel striking FTW.