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Why is a Cadence of 180 Considered a Magic Number?

Jul 27, 2012 | 13 Comments

If you spend enough time around runners and a discussion on running form comes up, you’ll likely hear the “180 rule.” It states your feet should touch the ground 180 times per minute or more. This will result in the most efficient form. In theory.

Unfortunately, the rule is often botched. The most common mistake is to leave off the “or more” part at the end. The result is a belief that every runner should be running Read More...

Tahoe Rim Trail 100, Grand Mesa 100, Trans-Rockies Stage Race, and Upcoming Clinics

Jul 25, 2012 | No Comments

This has been a busy week, hence the shortage of posts. My message in boxes are piling up quickly and the chores are falling by the wayside.

In the news:

Shelly and I, along with our awesome friends Krista Cavender, Jon Sanregret, paced and crewed Jesse Scott to his first 100 miler at Tahoe Rim this last weekend. Jesse kicked ass! I’ll try to write a crew report as soon as possible, though Read More...

Getting Back in the Coaching Game!

Jun 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Barefoot Running University will once again be offering coaching services (page under construction) in the very near future. I haven’t actively coached since 2009… mostly because I didn’t have the extra time. As Shelly and I have acclimated to our nomadic lifestyle, we’ve become more efficient with our time. I also genuinely miss coaching. I do some very limited coaching at clinics, but the format doesn’t allow for more than about 5-10 minutes of work. I also Read More...

Attention All Barefoot and Running Coaches: Join Coach Talk, Change the World

Jun 12, 2012 | One Comment

When a bunch of us founded the barefoot Runners Society a few years ago, we had an idea of offering a “barefoot coach certification.” The idea never really gained traction for a variety of reasons, principally my own laziness.

We recently decided to resurrect the idea, and I volunteered to spearhead the project.

Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “But Jason hates certifications!”

Indeed, I DO hate the idea of certifications. Here’s Read More...

So You Want to be a Barefoot Running Coach?

Jun 7, 2012 | 9 Comments

This post is an offshoot of this thread on the Barefoot Runners Society forum. This post made me revisit my thoughts on barefoot coaching, a topic that has been a tad controversial.

For those that may be interested, here are a few things that may help you along the way:

Develop a basic understanding of the biomechanical principles of exercise. This doesn’t necessarily require an education in anatomy and physiology, but some knowledge is needed. Google and Read More...

Free Running Form and/or Barefoot Coaching, and Clinics in Dallas!

May 31, 2012 | One Comment

Shelly and I are traveling to Dallas this weekend for the Merrell Down and Dirty mud run. We’ll be conducting two clinics as part of packet pickup at the REI Dallas (4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244) at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd. You don’t have to be a race participant to attend the clinics.

If you purchase a pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes, you’ll receive a special Read More...

What Have You Learned About Barefoot Running?

May 18, 2012 | 34 Comments

Since I first took off my shoes and started seriously running barefoot, I’ve learned many lessons. In the beginning, I learned all the typical lessons new BFRs learn- elements of better form, the dangers of too much too soon, etc. Next I learned some of my own limitations as far as where and when I could run barefoot. After that, I started exploring the issue of shoes and barefoot running, which I’m still doing today (hence the recent Read More...

Upcoming Clinics: Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, and Maine

May 15, 2012 | 5 Comments

Here’s our clinic schedule for the next two weeks:

Sunday, May 20th- Barefoot Clinic, Down and Dirty Chicago
Sunday, May 20th- Barefoot Clinic, Uncle Dan’s, Northpost, IL, 5pm (group run to follow)
Tuesday, May 22nd- Barefoot Clinic, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Rockville, MD, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 23rd- Barefoot Clinic, Eastern Mountain Sports, Upper East Side, New York City, 6:30-9:30
Thursday, May 24th- Barefoot Clinic, Eastern Mountain Sports, SoHo, New York City, 6:309:30
Friday, May 25th-Barefoot Clinic, Maine Running Company, Portland, Maine, 6-7pm
Saturday, May 26th- Read More...