Race Walking Technique

Foot Strike

When your foot strikes the ground, land on the back of your heel and point your toes as high as possible. Once your foot makes contact, roll it forward, keeping your toes pointed up and off the ground until the entire leg supports your body’s weight. 

The goal when your heel strikes the ground is to position the foot close to a 45-degree angle with the ground. After heel strike, smoothen your stride by rolling onto the midsection of your foot and through to your big toe. Avoid slapping your foot against the ground. If you feel or hear a slap, stop, stretch your shin, and start again.

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