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 Read More...
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 realendurance.com gives it a score of 112% based on normalized finish times (Western States is the baseline at Read More...
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.
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...
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...
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 Read More...
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:
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: