Make Great Strides

  • By The Gait Guys
  • Published Jan 13, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

Lack of ankle rocker

When your foot hits the ground, the ankle needs to dorsiflex, meaning your lower leg must be able to progress over your foot past perpendicular (greater than 90 degrees). Loss of motion means less shock absorption and decreased step length. Tight calves, bad mechanics and weak glutes contribute to this problem.

Fix it: Muscular tightness is often a protective measure to replace weakness. Stretch your calf muscles and do shin-strengthening exercises such as walking on your heels with your toes pointed upward.

« Previous Next »

FILED UNDER: Run / Training TAGS:

Sign up for our free e-newsletter, SBR Report!

Subscribe to the FREE Triathlete newsletter