Over the last few days, I’ve been engaging in a discussion on the Podiatry Arena, a forum for podiatrists and other health care professionals. I’ve been a lurker there for quite some time, but finally decided to post after a member took one of my posts out of context. After trading some barbs, we seem to have gotten to a point where we may be able to discuss some issues surrounding barefoot and minimalist running.
I’m excited Read More...
Is barefoot and minimalist shoe running supported by empirical evidence? In other words, do we have science on our side? This is a question that springs up quite often. Barefoot running skeptics ask the question. The barefoot-curious ask the question. Even some of us that have been doing this for awhile ask the question.
The answer is… sort of.
The holy grail of research would be some sort of large, representative-sampled double-blind longitudinal experiment that compared Read More...
A barefoot runner will never win a trail ultra*. Ever.
How could I make such a bold proclamation?
Since Shelly and I began traveling, we’ve had the opportunity to run a lot of trails around the country. During that time, I’ve done a lot of experimentation using heart rate as a measure of effort. The goal was to make my running form as efficient as possible. An unintended benefit has been a glimpse at Read More...
Couch Potato Feet: Feet that have been chronically immobilized, resulting in excessive weakness of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones of the foot. Couch potato feet are unhealthy, flabby feet that are susceptible to chronic pain and increased chance of injury.
How Do People Get Couch Potato Feet
Couch potato feet are the result of feet that are never given the opportunity to get outside and play. They spend Read More...
This post was inspired by a post on Reddit. The exact questions posed for discussion were:
1. Why do people spend so much on minimalist shoes? The minimalist shoe with the best groundfeel, most toe freedom, and best value is a $10 pair of water shoes. And…
2. Shouldn’t the price of a minimalist shoe be minimal as well?”
These two questions pop up on occasion.
Question #1, Part 1
People spend so much money on Read More...
Surrounded by people that frown more than they smile? Maybe they’re in pain. Maybe that pain is caused by their raised heel restrictive shoes.
Many of my friends have suggested this here in the comments section or on Facebook, most recently my friend Olle. You guys have recommended more people would benefit if society either went barefoot most of the time or at least wore shoes that didn’t choke our feet and alter our posture. This would probably make a Read More...
Just a quick note about minimalist shoe options- lots of people ask me about a shoe for people with wide feet. After receiving a slew of requests, Merrell is releasing a wide version of the Trail Glove and Pace Glove, available here:
Feel free to share with any wide-footed friends.
The Barefoot Runners Society
Also, in case you missed it, the Barefoot Runners Society forums are up and running at the new URL: