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Getting Back Into the Game: The Hows and Whys of Considering a Hundred Miler

Oct 27, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s been a long time since I considered running an ultra. It’s been about a year, actually. I had recently finished Grindstone and was “preparing” to run Chimera. Somewhere between those two events, I lost all desire to run. It was perplexing, but wasn’t especially stressful. It’s given me a significant amount of time to reflect on my running “career.”

A series of events have conspired to reignited the desire to run an ultra, including:

I miss the […]

“What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?”: This Could Change Society

Jan 4, 2013 | 5 Comments

I’ve often dreamed of a world where parents didn’t automatically put their kids in shoes. If only we allowed our children the freedom to go barefoot, we’d avoid all the pitfalls that plague our modern shod society.

Unfortunately it’s a tough sell.

Some parents insist that their children need the protection of shoes. Sure, sometimes that protection is important (winter), but most of the time kids are more than capable of navigating any […]

Barefoot Running Jumps the Shark

Dec 1, 2012 | 12 Comments

Okay, maybe barefoot running hasn’t jumped the shark… but the mystique has dies considerably.

And this is a good thing.

The running world has learned the lessons from barefoot running, namely:

Running form is important,
Plantar tactile sensations are useful tools,
The transition is not without risk and won’t necessarily produce positive results in everybody that tries it,
Shoes have a time and a place,
Various qualities of shoes affect gait in a variety of ways.

Now that we’ve learned […]

Sore Calves? Achilles Problems? Stress Fractures? Plantar Fasciitis? Get Off Your Damn Toes!

Oct 31, 2012 | 10 Comments

Over the last few days, I’ve been answering questions on Reddit. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. The number of people that complain about the following injuries is increasing dramatically.

Chronically sore calves
Calf cramps
Achilles tendonitis
Metatarsal stress fractures
Bone spurs around the heel
Plantar fasciitis

The weird thing- this is occurring in people that aren’t necessarily making a transition to barefoot or minimalist shoe running.

There’s a growing recognition that there are benefits of changing running form to eliminate excessive overstriding. […]

Fourteen Things I’ve Learned About Barefoot Running Since Hitting the Road

Sep 28, 2012 | 12 Comments

Shelly and I have been on the road for about 15 months. During that time, we’ve conducted close to 50 clinics and group runs centered around barefoot running or running gait. Most of the clinics have been held at running specialty (what we call “local running stores” in the running world) or outdoor specialty stores. Some are small businesses with single stores, others have been national “big box” retailers. We’ve met people that have decades of barefoot experience […]

Find Your Spring: The Missing Link to Teaching Running Gait

Sep 26, 2012 | 23 Comments

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to hold a running clinic with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella at his minimalist running store in Shephardstown, WV. We covered a ton of useful information, most of which is included in Mark’s video he did for Running Times.

When we were discussing running form, Mark describes the legs as springs. The tendons and ligaments of the feet and legs store energy as the foot hits the ground. This energy […]

Does “Lifting the Foot” Make Us Slower?

Sep 23, 2012 | 34 Comments

I conducted a clinic this weekend in conjunction with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella at Two Rivers Treads, his minimalist shoe store in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I like events like this because it gives me the opportunity to learn along with teaching. In this case, I got to see many of Mark’s awesome drills and explanations in person.

We also had a few good discussions on various elements of running form. In particular, someone asked about lifting their feet. […]

Should We Teach Running Form?

Sep 4, 2012 | 9 Comments

A few years ago, Richard Knobbs, an Internet friend, asked me a series of questions about running I had never considered. I couldn’t find the original message, so I’ll paraphrase. He asked the following:

Is there a right way to run?
If so, how should it be taught?
What happens if we’re wrong with either question?

The questions were framed around the idea of barefoot running, but can be generalized to the greater running community. A recent article in […]