How fast can we run? …I ran track (poorly) and cross country (better) for Anaheim High School in 1961-1962. Trained and raced barefoot, mostly. And so, yes, I was a forefoot striker. Like everyone else. For cross country, for trails and the road, you had three choices: barefoot, crappy Tigers from Japan, and a tennis shoe like thing from Adidas. For track, the sole choice was Adidas.