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The Ultramarathon Book: The Vision. and My 50k Crash and Burn

Jan 21, 2012 | 11 Comments

Today has been eventful.  I…

1. Finished the outline from all the ideas for the ultra book… thanks for all the input!

2. Ran the Coldwater 50k outside Phoenix… and DNFed after about 6 miles.  I hurt my knee a few days ago running eight miles to pick up our Suburban (needed wheel bearings).  It felt okay yesterday, so I decided to run the 50k.  The pain set in after three miles.  Shelly, still recovering from […]

New Balance Minimus Amp (MT1010): Some Recon

Dec 27, 2011 | 4 Comments

Thanks to Bryon Powell and the gang at for the photo- check out their post for even more details on the MT1010.

Here are some teaser details for New Balance’s Minimus Amp, which goes by the MT1010 code:

Due to be released in July with a price tag of about $100,
4mm drop,
More cushioning than the MT10 (first generation Minimus Trail),
Uses same last as the Minimus Trail Zero,
Sockless liner,
Vibram sole

This shoe looks like an intermediate trail shoe that would fit […]

An Interview with Vibram USA’s Tony Post

Dec 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

A few months ago, I asked for feedback in the form of a survey.  Several people suggested I start tapping my contacts in the running industry for some interviews.  It’s been a slow process, but here’s the first- an interview with Vibram USA president Tony Post.

Vibram, as many of you know, has been at the forefront of the barefoot and minimalist shoe movement.  Tony has a fascinating vision for the future of minimalism, which he […]

Fila Skeletoes Amp and Skeletoes Voltage: Sketchers, Meet Your Replacement

Nov 2, 2011 | 8 Comments

Earlier this summer, I predicted Sketchers would kill the minimalist movement.  After hearing several reports regarding their new minimalist shoe, I admit I was probably wrong.  It appears as if their design team actually made a decent shoe.

So if Sketchers doesn’t occupy the bottom of the minimalist shoe hierarchy, who does?

I present the Fila Skeletoes Amp:

Most of us laughed off the original Skeletoes.  They were clearly a Five […]

Ten Reasons The Natural Running Revolution is Coming

Oct 22, 2011 | 21 Comments

In a recent post, I discussed the impending revolution in the shoe industry and which companies seemed to be in a position to be winners and losers.  It’s purely speculative and based on nothing but my own observations (i.e.- no real data), but it’s fun tossing out predictions.

One that note- here are ten reasons the shoe revolution will occur:

1. The revolution in running form.  POSE, ChiRunning, Evolution Running, Good Form […]

Upcoming Events in Connecticut, New York City, and Boston

Oct 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

Where we’ll be over the next two weeks:

Sunday, October 23rd: Guilford, Connecticut, Bimbler’s Bluff 50kShelly will be running this race, I’ll be cheering her on and snapping pictures.
Tuesday, October 25ht: New York City, Paragon Sports clinic and run.  Events start at 6:30pm at their store (867 Broadway, NY, NY).  Runners will receive a free long sleeve Merrell/Paragon tech tee for participating!
Saturday, October 29th: Wellesley, MA, City Sports 5k trail run and barefoot clinic starting at […]

What Has Led to the Success of BRU and How You Can Make a Difference.

Oct 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

A few posts ago, I wrote about creating a great blog.  On the same day, The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy wrote about the same topic.  We do that a lot.  Anyway, Christian made a comment that I’ve been thinking about for the last two weeks:

“I’m going to be honest with you folks. You can do everything that all of the articles on this topic suggest and still be a lonely blogger in some dark corner of […]

What Shoe Companies Will Survive the Revolution?

Oct 13, 2011 | 35 Comments

We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift away from the antiquated “neutral, stability, and motion-control” paradigm and toward the minimal-based “shoes as tools” paradigm.  It’s easy to write this off as a passing fad or just another option to compliment the old way of doing things, but this is short-sighted.

When people make the switch to minimalist shoes, they don’t go back.

Based on the number of people making the transition AND the rate at […]