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Trip to Chile: Quick Recap of an Amazing Experience

Nov 26, 2012 | 4 Comments

I spent the last few days with the Merrell Chile team, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I’ll be writing a full recap in the days to come, including a recap of the Bareform clinic I held, our run in the Andes, and our Crossfit clinic. Here’s a recap video:

 

Jason Robillard en Chile from Alejandro Briones on Vimeo.

Shelly and I have kicked around the idea of living outside the US for Read More...

All Running Research is a Damned Lie!

Nov 9, 2012 | 7 Comments

Okay, not really. But it may be close.

I’ve been fascinated by running gait for a number of years, mostly stemming from my attempts to explain why barefoot running could be better and the desire to improve my teaching methods. The more I dig, the deeper the mystery becomes.

The problem: There are A LOT of people that claim to know precisely how we run… and they have fundamental disagreements with others that claim the same.

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Merrell Bare Access 2 Review

Oct 17, 2012 | 7 Comments

Merrell’s Bare Access 2 is an update to the popular Bare Access released last year. i reviewed them here:

Bare Access Review

I used that particular shoe for a good portion of the Across the Years 72 hour race and all of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k. The cushioning didn’t affect my gait nearly as much as I expected. The biggest issue I had was the top of the heel counter. Read More...

Skora Form Review

Oct 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

I’m always excited to test a first shoe from new companies. Skora was founded by David Sypniewski a few years ago. He solicited a lot of feedback when designing his first lineup, which I appreciated. At the time, the minimalist market was quite bare. [see what I did there]

Anyway, David had a great vision. He understood an important fundamental- the shoe shouldn’t interfere with your running form. The idea is widely accepted in minimalist circles, but was quite revolutionary Read More...

Merrell Flux Glove Review: The Ultimate Jack-of-all Trades Minimalist Shoe?

Oct 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

Officially, the Merrell Flux Glove is designed as a training shoe. It’s designed on the Road Glove outsole, but with a slightly more structured upper to handle lateral cutting movements. Think high intensity interval training. While the shoe excels as a training shoe, I found it to be the single most versatile minimalist shoe I’ve found to date.

I received the shoe right before we left the mountains of Colorado, brought it with Read More...

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 Read More...

Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock Review

Aug 23, 2012 | 7 Comments

The Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock (MMAB) is similar to the Mix Master 2 (MM2) with a different upper. This shoe was one of three pairs I brought along for the grueling TransRockies six day stage race in Colorado (the others were two pairs of Merrell Trail Gloves). Needless to say, the shoes were tested in extreme conditions.

First Thoughts

Aesthetically, I prefer the Aeroblocks to the Mix Master 2′s, which I’ve also tested Read More...

Gore-Tex TransRockies Run: The Running Experience

Aug 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

Wow.

What an adventure! I’ll write about the experience in another post when I have time to collect my thoughts, but I wanted to get something out there. Here’s some early thoughts on the actual running experience:

The Dirty Stats

This info comes from the TransRockies website. I haven’t had a chance to download the GPS data from the Garmins.

Total miles: 120-ish miles over 6 stages (approximately 21, 13, 24, 14, 23, and 23 miles)
Race takes place Read More...