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Using Sand to Analyze Your Running Form

Mar 30, 2012 | 9 Comments

Since we’ve been hanging out in the San Diego area, we’ve spent ample time at the beach.  Part of the fun has been watching runners, both barefoot and shod, running down the beach.  It’s fairly easy to identify the people that have good form and… well… form that could be improved.

Interestingly, you can also analyze their form by their footprints left in the sand.  This could be useful to you for analyzing your own form.  It […]

There is a Right Way To Run, and I Challenge Skeptics to Prove Me Wrong

Mar 14, 2012 | 26 Comments

We’re doing the world a disservice by continuing to promote bad running form.  This extends to the process of developing and selling shoes that promote bad running form.  We should collectively work together to promote the idea that there is a better way to run, which I like to call “natural running.”  The natural running movement is based on a simple principle:

There is a right way to run and humans innately know this.

This idea encompasses barefoot […]

Dr. Mark’s New How-To Barefoot Video, Why We Run Ultras

Mar 7, 2012 | 13 Comments

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a friend and director of the Natural Running Center (among his 100 other titles), produced an excellent video that describes and explains how and why natural running should be developed.  I would HIGHLY recommend any new or experienced barefoot or minimalist shoe runners check it out:

Running Ultras

When people find out you run ultras, they ask two questions:

1. Why do you run that far? and

2. What do […]

The Future of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running: An Assessment and Summary of the Barefoot Shoes/Apple Whack Job Discussion

Jan 13, 2012 | 38 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been discussing the future of barefoot running and proposing methods we could use to reach an audience that would be receptive to our message, but won’t have access to us.  Here’s a brief summary:

Minimalist “barefoot” shoe sales are on the rise.  I’m defining these shoes as any shoe that allows the same running form as if you were barefoot.  Vague, I know, but the exact operational definition is irrelevant.  I […]

I Can’t Do That! How Fear Keeps Us From Running Barefoot, Running Ultramarathons, and Leading A Boring Life

Jan 12, 2012 | 10 Comments

Two of my favorite authors, Chris Guillebeau and Tim Ferriss, talk about the idea of overcoming fear.  One of the most valuable life lessons I’ve learned over the last few years is a simple, effective method of conquering fear.  have a boring life?  Get on the fast-track to awesomeness and learn to overcome fear!

First, it’s important to understand fear.  It’s an evolutionary response designed to alert us of danger.  Back in our hunter/gatherer days […]

Upcoming Barefoot Running Clinic Schedule: Florida, Arizona, and California!

Jan 11, 2012 | 14 Comments

Here are our upcoming Bareform clinics through January.  If you can attend, we’d love to see you!  If you know anyone in these areas, please forward them the information.

January 14th, Jacksonville, Florida: Black Creek Outfitters ( @ 10:30am
January 15th, Sanford, FL: Sylvan Lake Park, hosted by Travel Country (, 10:30am- see poster below
January 24th, Tucson, AZ: Summit Hut ( ,  5045 E. Speedway, @ 8pm
January 28th, Southern California, time and location TBD




15 Myths About Barefoot Running: What My Experiences Have Taught Me

Jan 10, 2012 | 35 Comments

This post is a tangent derived from my post last week about some shoe industry misconceptions and my post a few days ago about the changing nature of our audience.  I’ve been thinking about the various things I’ve learned on my barefoot journey.

When I started, I made a lot of assumptions.  Most of the assumptions were based on the teaching of others or my own apparently logical conclusions.  Most of the assumptions were reinforced […]

So Now What? Bringing Barefoot Running to the Masses

Jan 6, 2012 | 16 Comments

My goal has been pretty simple: I want to change the running world.  That’s the dent I want to make in the universe.  A few of my recent posts have touched on the topic indirectly, specifically changing my perception of the term “barefoot shoes” and my discussion about the nature of our changing audience.  When  started this journey, the idea of barefoot running was universally rejected by the shoe industry, running specialty, […]