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Wannabe Elite Road Runners are Nauseating

Feb 24, 2012 | 11 Comments

You know the type. You find them at the local 5ks and marathons lined up at the front of the pack wearing a brand new foot coffins and a singlet advertising a company they wish would sponsor them.  They scoff at the idea of people running for enjoyment and believe you have no business being out there if you’re not going to place in the top ten.

They post all their race PR’s in the signature lines […]

A Sampling of Our Ultramarathon Crosstraining

Feb 18, 2012 | 13 Comments

Here’s a video of the type of training Shelly and I do.  A I’ve mentioned before, most of our workouts are inspired by Crossfit and Kemme Fitness.

 

 

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What is the Ideal Weight Training Program for Ultrarunners?

Feb 13, 2012 | 21 Comments

In my last post on weight training, I was purposely vague in order to stimulate discussion, though it was implied the question was geared toward runners.  Now we’ll look at a very specific case- weight training for ultrarunning.

Our goals for weight training are specific.  We want to:

Make our bodies more resilient to damage from running 50-100 miles,
Increase balance to facilitate trail running over technical terrain,
Increase proprioception to prevent injuries from hyperextension,
Decrease recovery time after the […]

Ninety Percent of the Exercises You Do at the Gym are a Waste of Time: The “Gym Fit” Problem

Feb 10, 2012 | 82 Comments

This post was inspired by a post written by Tucker Goodrich on Barefoot Ted’s Huaraches Google Group here.

Some exercises people do in the gym are absolutely worthless… except training you to do that exact exercise.

Idiot Exercise

The question: what exercises fit into this “worthless” category?

I’m a huge fan of functional fitness, which is based on the idea of using exercises that mimic the movements we make in our day-to-day lives.  Pete Kemme, one of the thought […]

Maffetone Versus Crossfit Endurance: Which Is Better

Dec 26, 2011 | 17 Comments

If you participate in any of the barefoot and minimalist forums (Runner’s World, Barefoot Runners Society, Ted’s Google Group) you’ve probably come across a thread about the Maffetone method.  This sudden upsurge of interest in Maffetone interests me, especially because it comes on the heels of a burst of interest in high-intensity interval training (Crossfit Endurance is a popular version.)

First, a quick primer on the Maffetone method and CFE.  Phil Maffetone is a dude that, […]

Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running In The Winter: A Concise How-To Guide

Dec 17, 2011 | 9 Comments

Winter presents many problems for the barefoot runner.  Okay, it’s really just one problem.  It’s damn cold!  And for those of you in the north- snowy.

I’m well-versed in the issues facing barefoot runners in the winter.  I grew up in Northern Michigan, went to college on the shore of Lake Superior, and spent my early barefoot days in the snowbelts of West Michigan.  Throughout the years, I had ample opportunities to experiment with every possible option.  […]

Merrell Road Glove Review

Sep 23, 2011 | 16 Comments

The Merrell Road Glove.  Simply put, it is to roads what the Trail Glove is to trails.

Merrell took the formula that made the Trail Glove a success, worked out a few details based on feedback from the barefoot running community, and developed a shoe that did exactly what a good minimalist shoe should- make you forget it’s there.

Before I get to the actual review, it should be known that I work with […]

A Whole Lotta News!

Sep 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

Merrell Bareform clinic and group run at Ramsey Outdoor in Succsunna, NJ, Merrell Barefoot Jam in NYC, NYC Barefoot Run, the trip to the Pacific NW, Born to Run, and a free ebook dedicated to homemade gym equipment!

Merrell Bareform Clinic and Group Run

Let’s start with this one:  this Friday (September 23rd) we’ll be at Ramsey Outdoor in the Roxbury Mall, located at 281 State Route 10.  The group run will be at Horseshoe Lake.  Some of us will […]