So you want to learn about barefoot running, huh? Where should you begin? There are a ton of resources available. In fact, there are so many options people may be paralyzed with indecision. Worse, they may encounter sources that offer conflicting advice.My recommendations are based on effectiveness and cost. I don’t recommend the more expensive options until I exhaust the free options while also considering effectiveness.
Here’s a recommended course of action based on my experience working Read More...
The coaching of good running form has fallen out of favor for many running coaches, especially at the sub-collegiate level. Years ago, it was commonplace for a running coach to teach the elements of good form- good posture, quick turnover, etc. With the proliferation of fitness research, good form fell out of favor. Coaches instead focused on building speed through increasing Vo2 max, optimizing training runs, diet, periodization, and other familiar concepts.
Unfortunately this move has resulted Read More...
There aren’t too many people that disagree there is such thing as “good running form.” Most of these people would also agree “good form” consists of a few variables, such as good posture, shorter stride, higher cadence, and relaxed, fluid movements.
It’s obvious not everyone does this. In fact, most people (talking to you road runners) still run with a slow, loping gait with the foot landing way in front of the body and a heavy heel Read More...
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a friend and director of the Natural Running Center (among his 100 other titles), produced an excellent video that describes and explains how and why natural running should be developed. I would HIGHLY recommend any new or experienced barefoot or minimalist shoe runners check it out:
When people find out you run ultras, they ask two questions:
1. Why do you run that far? and
2. What do Read More...
Here are the final details for the Merrell Bareform clinics over the next few days:
Wednesday, February 29th:
Super Jock and Jill- 7210 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle WA 98115, 8:45-9:45am
Born to Run- 213 Yale St. , Seattle, 6:30pm
Thursday, March 1st: Foot Traffic Group Run, 824 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, 5:30pm
Saturday, March 3rd: Clinic in Boise – Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702, 7:30 trail run, 10k at 9am, clinic at store following runs
If Read More...
Here’s an update on the state of the Barefoot Runners Society. The team that has been managing the site and organization are in the process of setting up the new site. There are two significant hurdles:
The old hosting software (Drupal) sucked, which was a frequent complaint. Unfortunately it is difficult to move anything from Drupal (further demonstrating its suckiness quotient). It was important to everyone to preserve all member forum and blog posts. I was originally in favor Read More...
Multiple news post time!
First, we finally have the dates and times for our next two Southern California clinics:
Saturday, February 25th from 10-2 @ Running Skirts flagship store, 676 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Sunday, February 26th (morning, exact time to be announced) @ Pt. Magu State Park as part of the Malibu Day and Midnight Madness event (I think we’re doing a course preview). I’ve heard multiple people say the half Read More...
We’ve been working on our schedule for about a month. It looks like we have a pretty good grasp on the tentative schedule. The exact , time, and location of clinics will be announced here, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Additional clinics will be added as we get closer to the events or races. This is what it looks like as of right now:
Series of clinics in Southern California, Northern California, Seattle, Boise, and Portland (tentative, Read More...