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What Do You Mean “Listen To Your Body?”

Aug 30, 2012 | 22 Comments

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...

Win a Copy of the New “The Barefoot Running Book”

Aug 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

On August 28th, the newest edition of The Barefoot Running Book (Plume, 2012) will be released!The book has new content including new tips, refined methods, expanded exercise pics, and a host of other changes. This edition also has an index (got lots of requests for that one)!

I’m looking for a good slogan to use for a Facebook status update. If you have a good slogan, share it and you could win a free Read More...

The Left-Handed Barefoot Runner Theory

Aug 13, 2012 | 21 Comments

Today (August 13th) is Left-handed Day, a day to celebrate southpaws. It seemed fitting to rehash my long-standing theory on the correlation between left-handedness and barefoot/minimalist shoe running.

We know about 5-20% of the world population is left-handed. Based on informal observations, the percentage of left-handed barefoot/minimalist shoe runners far surpasses the general population. We’ve had several minimalist gatherings where the vast majority were left-handed. The list includes barefoot/minimalist runners such as:

Jesse Scott
Robert Shackleford
Christian Peterson
Krista Cavender
Pat Sweeney
Kate Read More...

Why is a Cadence of 180 Considered a Magic Number?

Jul 27, 2012 | 13 Comments

If you spend enough time around runners and a discussion on running form comes up, you’ll likely hear the “180 rule.” It states your feet should touch the ground 180 times per minute or more. This will result in the most efficient form. In theory.

Unfortunately, the rule is often botched. The most common mistake is to leave off the “or more” part at the end. The result is a belief that every runner should be running Read More...

Tahoe Rim Trail 100, Grand Mesa 100, Trans-Rockies Stage Race, and Upcoming Clinics

Jul 25, 2012 | No Comments

This has been a busy week, hence the shortage of posts. My message in boxes are piling up quickly and the chores are falling by the wayside.

In the news:

Shelly and I, along with our awesome friends Krista Cavender, Jon Sanregret, paced and crewed Jesse Scott to his first 100 miler at Tahoe Rim this last weekend. Jesse kicked ass! I’ll try to write a crew report as soon as possible, though Read More...

Changing Shoes in Races: A Secret Hack to Reduce Fatigue and Run Faster?

Jul 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

Here’s what we know:

Running long distances is fatiguing
Different shoes slightly change the biomechanics of running form
Changing biomechanics slightly changes how the body works, including changing stress on various body parts and possibly changing muscle activation patterns (Pete Larson and Bill Katovsky discuss this in “Tread Lightly“)

Here’s what we can assume:

Changing biomechanics will provide relief for fatigued muscles

So…

In long races, it may be advantageous to change shoes. The key- they must be Read More...

Running Faster: Humbled by a Tempo Run

Jun 26, 2012 | 12 Comments

I want to get faster. Part of my plan involves the addition of tempo runs to my training.

Shelly and I did a 60 minute run- we ran down the road for 30 minutes, turned around, then ran back. The goal is to get as far as possible and make it back to the start line before time expires.

The first mile was great! I was being mildly conservative, but manages to cruise to a Read More...

When Running Hurts: Discriminating Between Good Pain and Bad Pain

Jun 13, 2012 | 14 Comments

Barefoot runners are repeatedly told to avoid pain at all costs. PAIN IS BAD! It’s a signal we’re doing something wrong or we’re doing too much too soon.

Ultrarunners live with pain. Any seriously long run hurts. If we’re going really fast, really long, or traversing really gnarly terrain, it hurts even more. [Edit- Rob Youngren commented below and suggested this is more like "discomfort" than "pain." I like this distinction,]

What happens when these worlds Read More...