If you are serious about improving your race times, here is something you might want to try, forefoot running. Most elite runners are forefoot striders. Enough said about that. Before you attempt this style of running, you will need a different type of running shoe. Shoes with a lower heel will help you avoid heel stride.The objective is to land on your forefoot and not your heel. I've been forefoot running for many years without injury and have consistantly lowered my race times. Futhermore, it has been reported that this style of running reduces the risk of plantar fascitis, anterior knee pain and achilles tendonitis.To make the transition to forefoot running, I bought a pair of Newton running shoes. Click the Newton icon on the right and check them out. If your budget can't take a hit like that, try a lesser cushioned shoe or racing flats. Experiment a little. Remember to train hard and always run within your limitations. Now don't fret if you can't make the transition. Forefoot running isn't for everyone. You might be a natural heel strider and run very well that way. First and foremost, always remember that running should be enjoyed .