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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...

Getting Back in the Coaching Game!

Jun 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Barefoot Running University will once again be offering coaching services (page under construction) in the very near future. I haven’t actively coached since 2009… mostly because I didn’t have the extra time. As Shelly and I have acclimated to our nomadic lifestyle, we’ve become more efficient with our time. I also genuinely miss coaching. I do some very limited coaching at clinics, but the format doesn’t allow for more than about 5-10 minutes of work. I also Read More...

Attention All Barefoot and Running Coaches: Join Coach Talk, Change the World

Jun 12, 2012 | One Comment

When a bunch of us founded the barefoot Runners Society a few years ago, we had an idea of offering a “barefoot coach certification.” The idea never really gained traction for a variety of reasons, principally my own laziness.

We recently decided to resurrect the idea, and I volunteered to spearhead the project.

Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “But Jason hates certifications!”

Indeed, I DO hate the idea of certifications. Here’s Read More...

So You Want to be a Barefoot Running Coach?

Jun 7, 2012 | 9 Comments

This post is an offshoot of this thread on the Barefoot Runners Society forum. This post made me revisit my thoughts on barefoot coaching, a topic that has been a tad controversial.

For those that may be interested, here are a few things that may help you along the way:

Develop a basic understanding of the biomechanical principles of exercise. This doesn’t necessarily require an education in anatomy and physiology, but some knowledge is needed. Google and 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...

Running Coaches That Don’t Teach Running Form Are Not Coaches. They Are Managers.

Apr 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

The coaching of good running form has fallen out of favor for many running coaches, especially at the sub-collegiate level.  Years ago, it was commonplace for a running coach to teach the elements of good form- good posture, quick turnover, etc.  With the proliferation of fitness research, good form fell out of favor.  Coaches instead focused on building speed through increasing Vo2 max, optimizing training runs, diet, periodization, and other familiar concepts.

Unfortunately this move has resulted Read More...

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100 mile training

Aug 31, 2009 | 2 Comments

Here’s a brief update on my training. I have 26 days left until Hallucination. The training has went well thus far- no injuries to report. My training mileage has been pretty good- 45, 65, 81, 31, and 71 over the last five weeks. This week will likely be somewhere in the ballpark of 50 miles as I start a gradual taper over the next four weeks.

Mt crew is coming along. This last week, about Read More...