Abebe Bikila – the Barefoot Marathoner

Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot. He is often held up as a poster boy by the barefoot running community. He went on to win the 1964 Toyko Olympic marathon in world record time, this time wearing shoes.

Most Useful Resources:
Abebe Bikila (Podiatry FAQ’s)
Abebe Bikila (Running Hero’s)
10 September 1960 (Today in History)
Abebe Bikila as a poster boy (Podiatry Ninja)

Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates in Runners

There is a lot of debate online about which is the best running technique for a runner to use. One of the more common debates is about the foot strike pattern and if it should be forefoot, midfoot or heel striking the ground first. The bulk of the evidence does not support one over the other.

Most Useful Resources:
Foot Strike Pattern and Running Injury (PodiaPaedia)
Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates (Running Research Junkie)
Its six of one and half a dozen of the other: Rearfoot vs Forefoot striking when running (Running Research Junkie)
Emerging Evidence on Footstrike Patterns in Running (Podiatry Arena)
Running Footstrike: Rearfoot, Midfoot or Forefoot, Which is Best? (Podiatry Arena)
New studies on injury rates between forefoot and rearfoot striking (Podiatry Arena)