Over recent years there has been increasing interest in the potential benefits of changing from a heel first running style to mid-foot strike. Advocates of mid-foot running styles claim decreased injury rates and improve running efficiency, compared with a heel first running style. Since the majority of runners naturally use a rear-foot, or heel first running style, this has led to athletes and coaches looking to ways to change their natural running style in the belief that this may improve running efficiency, exercise performance and reduce injury rates. In order to achieve this specific drills are often utilized to try to encourage a change towards a midfoot or forefoot strike.
Mindfulness has many positive effects on health (decreased stress, anxiety and depression, improved heart health, immune and brain function). It can also improve our ability to focus, and tolerate pain, or discomfort. Recently, research has also highlighted potential for improved endurance running performance. So, can mindful running make you a faster runner? In this article,