So you’re cruising along your favorite trail enjoying the views, and all of a sudden your face down in the dirt. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this position, I bring you the dreaded toe bump. A toe bump is when you kick an object that is protruding from the trail such as a tree root, or low rock out cropping. Doing so will quickly give your posture a flying superhero profile, and send you home with a bruised ego as well as bruised other things. If you don’t have these types of hazards on your hometown trails and this never happens to you, you’re lucky. However if you’re running in New England, or the Rocky Mountains you probably have the scars to prove it. I left the trail many times with skinned knees, and palms, until I learned this one simple trick.
Pick up your feet. Not to the front, but to the rear. Remember the butt kick drill? Over kicking during the recovery phase of your stride will give your leg the chance to recover quicker because it’s in a shorter position. You will glide over the highest of trail snakes. Works for me, I hope it works for you too.