I'm looking for a brief answer about converting to forefoot striking - I know there are numerous threads here, so sorry about any duplication, but (if I can be a bit cheeky) I can't see anything that doesn't head off down the scary path to anorak town. ;-)
I'm coming back from injury number twelvety (over-pronator, ITBS, achilles, shin splints, PFPS etc etc, now a freak patellar tendon thing) and I thought that the gradual return (I'm on five whole one-minute jogs per session now!) would present me with the opportunity to give forefoot striking a go, and to be honest I'm losing hope of ever managing more than three months injury-free if I keep going as I have been. I can cope with 5x1 min easy-peasy (it's glaringly obviously better for my current injury when I run on my forefeet), and I'd hope in the next few weeks/months to build up ultra-slowly from there.
Unfortunately, I'd rather gnaw my own leg off than read Gordon Pirie's book, and I'm far too much of a bitter, twisted cynic to go for the POSE 'run better by buying the book and video combo' route. On the other hand, I do love getting out there and just running hard.
So, to distil it...
Can I just run on my forefeet (changes in cadence, strike point, shoes etc a given) and see how it goes? Or do I have to wear the Forefoot Strikers' Club badge and decoder ring? Equivocating Vicky Pollard-isms are surplus to requirements, if you please!
Bless you all. :-)