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Which Method Should I Use To Learn Better Running Form?

May 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

A few days ago, I wrote about the progression of information a runner should use to learn better form. The next question is related:

What method should you use to learn better running form?

There are a ton of methods out there that can teach good form. ALL of the following will help you reach the same goal- better running form. Each method uses different teaching techniques. Some are simple. Some complex. Some use analogies. Read More...

Is This the Worst Parenting Advice Ever?

May 5, 2012 | 35 Comments

“Kids should not be running in ‘minimalist footwear’ at all and, as in other shoes, should be wearing brand name running shoes with good motion control, cushioning, etc.”

- David Davidson, D.P.M., president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), Running Times Magazine, April 2010

Parents: Where does this statement rank as the worst advice you’ve ever heard?

I think you can guess where I’d cast my vote. This ranks right up there Read More...

Learning to Run Barefoot: Where Should You Begin?

May 4, 2012 | 7 Comments

So you want to learn about barefoot running, huh? Where should you begin? There are a ton of resources available. In fact, there are so many options people may be paralyzed with indecision. Worse, they may encounter sources that offer conflicting advice.My recommendations are based on effectiveness and cost. I don’t recommend the more expensive options until I exhaust the free options while also considering effectiveness.

Here’s a recommended course of action based on my experience working Read More...

“Run on Your Toes” and Four Other Dumb-Ass Bits of Advice Given to New Barefoot or Minimal Shoe Runners

Apr 29, 2012 | 30 Comments

1. Run on your toes. This may be the most damaging advice I hear. New barefoot or minimalist shoe runners (BFR/MR) are told to “get up on their toes.” This idiotic advice is simply wrong. By not allowing your heels to touch the ground, excessive stress is placed on the Achilles tendon and calf muscles. This stress causes Achilles tendonitis, muscle or tendon tears, plantar fasciitis symptoms, and a host of other problems. If you like like a Read More...

2012 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival/ Barefoot Runners Society Meetup

Apr 19, 2012 | One Comment

The 2012 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival is shaping up to be the biggest spring barefoot party in the country!  Last year’s event was awesome- two days of running, meeting other barefoot runners, eating great food, listening to great music, and drinking awesome beer!  It’s one of the few events we attended that immediately became a “must-do” event.

As such, Shelly and I will be there this year.  I talked to Erik Boucher, Read More...

Where is the Running Industry Heading: Ten Observations About the Impact of Barefoot

Apr 10, 2012 | 13 Comments

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to experience multiple facets of the running world, including:

Attending and participating in races (mostly marathons and ultras),
Participating in the planing of races,
Attending running festivals,
Holding clinics for the public and retail sales associates,
Participating in strategic discussions with retailers,
Participating in behind-the-scenes shoe fitting training,
Participating in discussions at the manufacturer and distributor level,
Engaging in conversations with tons of barefoot, minimalist, and maximally-shod runners,
A handful of other experiences within the industry.

Based on Read More...

Why a Barefoot Runner Will Never Win a Trail Ultra

Apr 9, 2012 | 18 Comments

A barefoot runner will never win a trail ultra*.  Ever.

How could I make such a bold proclamation?

Experience.

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...

Don’t Get Couch Potato Feet

Apr 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

What are Couch Potato Feet

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...