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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 […]

Review The Barefoot Running Book

Sep 5, 2012 | One Comment

The newest edition of The Barefoot Running Book has been out for about a week, and feedback has been great! I’m currently looking for reviewers to give the book a little more exposure beyond my own blog. To that end, I need to ask my readership for a favor- if you have purchased the book (ebook version or dead tree version) and few extra minutes, post an honest review on Amazon here:

Should We Teach Running Form?

Sep 4, 2012 | 9 Comments

A few years ago, Richard Knobbs, an Internet friend, asked me a series of questions about running I had never considered. I couldn’t find the original message, so I’ll paraphrase. He asked the following:

Is there a right way to run?
If so, how should it be taught?
What happens if we’re wrong with either question?

The questions were framed around the idea of barefoot running, but can be generalized to the greater running community. A recent article in […]

Running Form Isn’t Black and White

Aug 31, 2012 | 10 Comments

I’ve had a little extra free time lately (Pure Michigan…), so I’ve spent some time on the barefoot forums. As has been the case since they first came into being, there’s a mix of regulars with tons of experience and a few newbies. The conversations with the newbies are interesting. There’s a strong tendency to do the following:

1. Ignore advice from experienced barefoot runners.

2. Begin giving advice based on their limited experience.

3. […]

What Do You Mean “Listen To Your Body?”

Aug 30, 2012 | 22 Comments

Go to any barefoot running forum and you’ll see people giving advice to “listen to your body.” It may be the most common phrase uttered by barefoot runners.  Pretty much any barefoot runner that’s run at least a few hundred miles immediately understands the meaning. It’s a confusing phrase to the uninitiated, though.

What exactly DO we mean by “listen to your body?” And is this really good advice? Wouldn’t it be easier to teach running gait […]

Don’t Hide Behind Fancy Tools

Aug 29, 2012 | 27 Comments

How many times have you seen these situations:

The parents of a six year old kid buying a $150 alloy bat and $80 glove for their kid’s first foray into tee ball.
An overweight middle-of-the-pack triathlete spending $10,000 on an ultralight carbon-fiber bike to theoretically shave a few seconds off their mediocre finish times in a sprint tri.
An aspiring writer in a coffee shop typing away on a $2,000 Macbook Pro.
A homeowner installing a wireless doorbell using a $700 Dewalt […]

Win a Copy of the New “The Barefoot Running Book”

Aug 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

On August 28th, the newest edition of The Barefoot Running Book (Plume, 2012) will be released!The book has new content including new tips, refined methods, expanded exercise pics, and a host of other changes. This edition also has an index (got lots of requests for that one)!

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The Left-Handed Barefoot Runner Theory

Aug 13, 2012 | 21 Comments

Today (August 13th) is Left-handed Day, a day to celebrate southpaws. It seemed fitting to rehash my long-standing theory on the correlation between left-handedness and barefoot/minimalist shoe running.

We know about 5-20% of the world population is left-handed. Based on informal observations, the percentage of left-handed barefoot/minimalist shoe runners far surpasses the general population. We’ve had several minimalist gatherings where the vast majority were left-handed. The list includes barefoot/minimalist runners such as:

Jesse Scott
Robert Shackleford
Christian Peterson
Krista Cavender
Pat Sweeney
Kate […]