Efficient Running Tips: Foot Landing Position

Running foot landing position

Learning to Land Correctly: Foot Position

On the Toes? Forefoot? Midfoot? Heel then toe? Toe then heel? Toe only? How am I supposed to land??? What is the best landing position for the foot in efficient running?

The “how” in that inevitable contact of the foot with the ground is a key component of efficient running.The Pose Method®, Chi Running® and other schools of thought in the efficient running movement use varying descriptions of a non-heel first landing. What’s important is that a heel first landing equals shock + friction and a braking action. Let’s take the brakes off and get you to an efficient landing position.

In this video, I explain the concept and demonstrate drills to help you develop the feel and desired landing position.

Mind Training Tips for Efficient Running

To run safely and injury-free, it is hugely important to learn to organize your body properly. The next level is to learn to organize your mind. Most noteworthy, this means developing awareness skills, recognizing the times when your Inner Critic is trying to own you, and leveraging your Inner Coach’s voice in a supportive role, just like your favorite coach is running beside you. I teach these tools and much more in my book.

Coach Jeff Grant in Running Technique article on Foot Landing Position

I wish you the best on your journey to improve your running!

— Coach Jeff


Jeff Grant is the author of Flow State Runner: Activate a Powerful Inner Coach’s Voice, Hill Running: Survive & ThriveRun Faster: Unlock Your Speed in 8 Weeks, Running Heavy, and UltraRunning: Ultimate Guide. Based in Switzerland, Jeff is a coach and writer who specializes in mental coaching, peak performance, and transformation. He is also a Co-Founder of BridgeX Teams LLC, a global virtual team building company. Jeff’s popular newsletter is a digest containing inspirational and instructional resources, including his latest content. See recent issues and subscribe for free here. Refer to Jeff’s bio for more information, and please check out Jeff’s Coach & Author page on Facebook.