The MyFit Pod tracks where your foot first touches the surface. Some mid-foot strikers touch with their heel, but then ultimately “load” their weight mid-foot.
At this time, measuring foot touch is standard for foot-based wearables.
Our foot strike data was evaluated with a number of labs and universities and was proven right, but you can imagine that nothing is bullet proof. Runners have many different styles. Saying that, there are few ground rules to note:
- Our data is a majority voting inside a specific minute during the run. So, for example, if during a minute you were 51% heel-striking, and 49% mid, the minute will be considered as heel-strike.
- We capture heel touch. Our algorithm is very sensitive, meaning if you are just slightly touching the ground first with your heel, it will be considered as heel striking.
- Heel-strike is not automatically a bad thing. Some heel-strikers touch with their heel, but then ultimately “load” their weight mid-foot. If you want to read more, our Director of Research wrote a blog called “Heel Touch vs. Heel Load.”
Pod placement can matter for foot strike tracking. Ensure that your Pod is placed in the most ideal position for accuracy: about 3/4 of the way down towards your toe. Specifically, if your shoe has a drop of 8mm or above, use the second lace cross from your toe. If your shoe has a drop below 8mm, use the third lace cross from your toe.