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Sore Calves? Achilles Problems? Stress Fractures? Plantar Fasciitis? Get Off Your Damn Toes!

Oct 31, 2012 | 10 Comments

Over the last few days, I’ve been answering questions on Reddit. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. The number of people that complain about the following injuries is increasing dramatically.

Chronically sore calves
Calf cramps
Achilles tendonitis
Metatarsal stress fractures
Bone spurs around the heel
Plantar fasciitis

The weird thing- this is occurring in people that aren’t necessarily making a transition to barefoot or minimalist shoe running.

There’s a growing recognition that there are benefits of changing running form to eliminate excessive overstriding. Read More...

Natural Running is Natural Running Regardless of the Flavor

Oct 24, 2012 | 42 Comments

Rocky road and superman are both flavors of ice cream, just as ChiRunning, Pose, Evolution Running, barefoot running, etc. are flavors of “natural running.”

In my previous post, I talked about the problems with the idea that gravity can propel us forward with a “controlled fall.” The post led to a great discussion. many runners shared great comments about various aspects of the discussion.

One comment stood out, though.

David Stretanski made various comments and Read More...

Is Running a Controlled Fall? Why the Gravity Model Doesn’t Make Sense

Oct 22, 2012 | 54 Comments

How exactly do we run?

It’s a question worth asking for runners, coaches, and running gait theorists. Some would argue that gravity propels us forward. In fact, I used to buy into this model. It seemed to make sense- lean forward so you’ll off-balance and let gravity pull you down, which resulted in forward movement.

Then I started to read about running gait from researchers that actually study gait in labs. The gravity theory didn’t hold Read More...

Merrell Bare Access 2 Review

Oct 17, 2012 | 7 Comments

Merrell’s Bare Access 2 is an update to the popular Bare Access released last year. i reviewed them here:

Bare Access Review

I used that particular shoe for a good portion of the Across the Years 72 hour race and all of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k. The cushioning didn’t affect my gait nearly as much as I expected. The biggest issue I had was the top of the heel counter. Read More...

Fourteen Things I’ve Learned About Barefoot Running Since Hitting the Road

Sep 28, 2012 | 12 Comments

Shelly and I have been on the road for about 15 months. During that time, we’ve conducted close to 50 clinics and group runs centered around barefoot running or running gait. Most of the clinics have been held at running specialty (what we call “local running stores” in the running world) or outdoor specialty stores. Some are small businesses with single stores, others have been national “big box” retailers. We’ve met people that have decades of barefoot experience Read More...

Find Your Spring: The Missing Link to Teaching Running Gait

Sep 26, 2012 | 23 Comments

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to hold a running clinic with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella at his minimalist running store in Shephardstown, WV. We covered a ton of useful information, most of which is included in Mark’s video he did for Running Times.

When we were discussing running form, Mark describes the legs as springs. The tendons and ligaments of the feet and legs store energy as the foot hits the ground. This energy Read More...

Does “Lifting the Foot” Make Us Slower?

Sep 23, 2012 | 34 Comments

I conducted a clinic this weekend in conjunction with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella at Two Rivers Treads, his minimalist shoe store in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I like events like this because it gives me the opportunity to learn along with teaching. In this case, I got to see many of Mark’s awesome drills and explanations in person.

We also had a few good discussions on various elements of running form. In particular, someone asked about lifting their feet. Read More...

Perfecting Foot Strike: The Kitty Litter Trick

Sep 14, 2012 | 11 Comments

Mastering foot strike is one of the most difficult tasks some barefoot/minimalist shoe runners attempt. Maybe you’ve been a long-time heel striker and want to move to more of a midfoot strike. Or perhaps you’ve been a sprinter and can’t shake the habit of “running on your toes.” Either way, changing foot strike can be exceedingly difficult.

In my Merrell Bareform clinics, I teach people to land with their feet pancake flat (thanks to Jon Sanregret Read More...