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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 […]

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 […]

Grindstone 100 Miler Preparation

Sep 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

In about three weeks, I’ll be attempting the Grindstone 100 miler in Swoope, VA for the second time. The first time around, I DNFed around the half way point. It was an abysmal failure, but a great learning experience. My preparation for this attempt feels much better.

Last year, I was overly confident based on my positive experiences at Western States. This was my thought process immediately before the race:

I ran very […]

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 […]

Woodstock Trail Running Festival Quick Recap

Sep 11, 2012 | One Comment

As tempted as I am to write a full, detailed event report, I think the details are best left to others for reasons that will become obvious. I’ll just give a topical recap.

Run Woodstock is a trail running festival held in Hell, Michigan. We’ve attended the event each year since it was founded four years ago by Randy Step and his Running Fit (a local running store) gang. The race features three days of […]

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 […]

Upcoming Clinics in Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, Montana, and North Carolina!

Sep 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

Our upcoming clinic schedule:

September 5th, Gazelle Sports, Kalamazoo, MI, run @ 6pm, clinic at 7pm

September 7,8,9: Run Woodstock, Pinckney, MI- fireside clinic, time TBD

September 19th- Up and Running, 6123 Far Hills Ave, Dayton OH, 7pm

September 27th – Idaho Mountain Trading in Idaho Falls, ID, 5:30 or 6pm – clinic/run

September 28th – Schnee’s Boot & Shoes in Downtown Bozeman, MT, 5:30 or 6pm – clinic/run

September 29th – Schnee’s Boot & Shoes, Bozeman, MT, 8am

October 9th, Out Sports, tri shop, Cary, North […]

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 […]