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 Read More...
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 Read More...
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
Metatarsal stress fractures
Bone spurs around the heel
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. Read More...
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 Read More...
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 Read More...
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. Read More...
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?
Go to any barefoot running forum and you’ll see people giving advice to “listen to your body.” It may be the most common phrase uttered by barefoot runners. Pretty much any barefoot runner that’s run at least a few hundred miles immediately understands the meaning. It’s a confusing phrase to the uninitiated, though.
What exactly DO we mean by “listen to your body?” And is this really good advice? Wouldn’t it be easier to teach running gait Read More...