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Trip to Chile: Quick Recap of an Amazing Experience

Nov 26, 2012 | 4 Comments

I spent the last few days with the Merrell Chile team, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I’ll be writing a full recap in the days to come, including a recap of the Bareform clinic I held, our run in the Andes, and our Crossfit clinic. Here’s a recap video:


Jason Robillard en Chile from Alejandro Briones on Vimeo.

Shelly and I have kicked around the idea of living outside the US […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Who Should Be Responsible For Teaching Better Running Form?

Mar 12, 2012 | 9 Comments

There aren’t too many people that disagree there is such thing as “good running form.”  Most of these people would also agree “good form” consists of a few variables, such as good posture, shorter stride, higher cadence, and relaxed, fluid movements.

It’s obvious not everyone does this.  In fact, most people (talking to you road runners) still run with a slow, loping gait with the foot landing way in front of the body and a heavy heel […]

Three Different Takes on Minimalist Shoes

Mar 5, 2012 | 7 Comments

Over the last week, I’ve been traveling throughout the Pacific NW and Mountain West to do a series of Merrell Bareform clinics at various shoe retailers.  It was fascinating to see how different retailers handled minimalist shoes.  Three of the stores were what would be considered “run specialty”, the designation the industry uses to describe stores that cater primarily runners.  One was an online retailer.  The last was a minimalist-only running store.  Here are some thoughts on […]

Running Plans for California

Feb 16, 2012 | 20 Comments

California is one of the premier trail running destinations in the world.  Shelly and I are going to try to pack as much running as we can in the roughly two months we have in the state.  Here are the runs we’re planing or considering:

Group run with the Movin Shoes “Mountain Monthly” trail running group for a few hours out on the Pacific Coast Trail this Sunday (Feb. 19th).  We’ll meet at the La Mesa store at 8am, then […]