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Merrell Mix Master 2 Review: New Offering in the M-Connect Series

Jun 21, 2012 | 15 Comments

I’ve been on a VERY long quest to find an ideal mountain running shoe. My standard trail running shoe, Merrell’s Trail Glove, performs like a champ in 90% of the conditions I encounter on my travels. However, that remaining 10% has been a continuous problem. I needed a shoe that provided a little more protection but didn’t interfere with running gait. The shoe had to be lightweight as I would be using it for […]

Preparation and Strategy for the Bighorn 100

Jun 14, 2012 | 6 Comments

Tomorrow at 11:00 am I’ll start the Bighorn 100 miler in Dayton, Wyoming. The preparation and strategy for this race is the culmination of my experiences in the previous five 100 milers I’ve attempted. The race is a fairly difficult ultra. Ultrarunning Magazine rates it as a “4-4” for terrain and surface (Western States is a “4-3”) and gives it a score of 112% based on normalized finish times (Western States is the baseline at […]

Free Running Form and/or Barefoot Coaching, and Clinics in Dallas!

May 31, 2012 | One Comment

Shelly and I are traveling to Dallas this weekend for the Merrell Down and Dirty mud run. We’ll be conducting two clinics as part of packet pickup at the REI Dallas (4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244) at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd. You don’t have to be a race participant to attend the clinics.

If you purchase a pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes, you’ll receive a special […]

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. […]

San Juan Trail 50k and the The Dirtiest Party Ever!

Apr 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

Shelly and I had an eventful weekend.  We ran the San Juan Trail 50k with Shacky and Vanessa, then attended the Los Angeles Down and Dirty mud run.  The travel was tough, but both events were awesome!

The 50k was run in the mountains southeast of Los Angeles.  The run was directed by Baz Hawley.  If you ever have the opportunity to run one of his races, do it!  It was a typical low-key […]

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 […]

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 […]

Minimalist “Barefoot” Shoes for Wide Feet

Mar 8, 2012 | 10 Comments

Just a quick note about minimalist shoe options- lots of people ask me about a shoe for people with wide feet.   After receiving a slew of requests, Merrell is releasing a wide version of the Trail Glove and Pace Glove, available here:

Trail Glove

and here:

Pace Glove

Feel free to share with any wide-footed friends.  🙂

The Barefoot Runners Society

Also, in case you missed it, the Barefoot Runners Society forums are up and running at the new URL: