I recently started running as part of a fitness program, and have a few technical questions.
First of all, what is that correct form for running? I’ve checked some running websites and read a few articles, and so far all I can find is don’t take overly long strides and don’t lift your feet too high off the ground. Now, a friend of mine who used to be an avid runner says that when going for distance rather than speed (as most recreational runners do), you should land on the balls of your feet to lessen the shock to your joints. A quick stroll around the house on the balls of my feet shows that this provides for a much softer landing, but I find running like this awkward and tiring, and can go farther with less effort when I run heel-first, like I’ve always done. So, which is the correct form? I’d like to save my joints. I used to dislike running because it seemed silly to put so much unnecessary stress on my knees.
Also, how important is it to have the correct shoes? I only run a mile twice a week, so I’m not training for a marathon here. At the moment I have New Balance running shoes, can’t tell you more about them. But I’d like to buy new shoes, preferably ones I can wear out as well. I hate running shoes that look like this because they’re so bulky and often have hideous color combinations. Shoes like this or this are more my style, less bulky and more streamlined. So, do I need to get special running shoes, or will crosstrainers work? Can I get trail running shoes even though I’m running on pavement?
And any aditional advice would be greatly appreciated.