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A Whole Lotta News!

Sep 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

Merrell Bareform clinic and group run at Ramsey Outdoor in Succsunna, NJ, Merrell Barefoot Jam in NYC, NYC Barefoot Run, the trip to the Pacific NW, Born to Run, and a free ebook dedicated to homemade gym equipment!

Merrell Bareform Clinic and Group Run

Let’s start with this one:  this Friday (September 23rd) we’ll be at Ramsey Outdoor in the Roxbury Mall, located at 281 State Route 10.  The group run will be at Horseshoe Lake.  Some of us will […]

How Should One Start Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running?

Aug 25, 2011 | 11 Comments

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to hang out with The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy, Christian Peterson.  You probably know him as the eight foot caped superhero that oozes awesomeness from every pore.  At some point, we discussed the methods used to teach barefoot running.  There’s a good chance this occurred after several beers as the exact nature of the conversation is a little fuzzy.

At any rate, Christian is a vocal critic of […]

ABC’s of Barefoot Running

Aug 19, 2011 | 6 Comments

Over the last few months, Merrell and I have been working on a new barefoot/minimalist shoe running format.  The goal of the new format was simple:

Create a method of teaching barefoot running that was simple and easy for the average person to share with others.

The result: BareForm.

We teach BareForm as the “ABC’s” of barefoot running.  Here’s the run-down:

A = Align Posture.  We have people interlock their fingers and stretch them over their […]

First Look! Merrell Barefoot Spring 2012 Lineup: [insert favorite expletive here]

Jul 25, 2011 | 30 Comments

Being a blogger is a cool gig.  Most of the time.  You get to meet interesting people, let your voice be heard, even score some free swag.

Sometimes being a blogger blows.  By our very nature, we share knowledge and news.  Let’s face it- we’re the gossip queens of the Interwebs.  We’re information whores.  Occasionally we’re given information on one condition- we can’t share until a future date.  That’s when blogging isn’t so fun.

Enter

The State of Barefoot Running in Europe

Jul 18, 2011 | 27 Comments

I had the opportunity to travel to Germany this last week to address a crowd at an outdoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany with my friends at Merrell.  It was a great opportunity to engage members of the running industry in discussions about barefoot and minimalist shoe running.

My conclusion- Europe (and the rest of the world) seems to be about 18-24 months behind the US.  They are experiencing what we experienced in 2009… a small […]

Shoe Manufacturer Supports Barefoot Running, World Doesn’t End

Jul 9, 2011 | 5 Comments

A few months ago, my friend TJ emailed me about the Down and Dirty race series.  The races are mud run/obstacle course-type races typically set in an urban environment.  The race directors set up a barefoot division, but were concerned about people running barefoot.  As a result, they only allowed minimalist shoes to be worn.

A barefoot division that didn’t allow barefoot running.

This obviously created a stir among the barefoot running […]

2011 Western States 100 mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Two

Jul 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

Read part one here: Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run  Race Report Part One

In the last chapter, my crew and I were hanging out in Squaw Valley having a good time while waiting for the start of the race.  I had just gone to bed the evening before the race.

I opened my eyes.  The room was dark except for the creepy shadows cast by the permanently-installed night light wired to the hotel wall.  […]

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report Part One

Jul 2, 2011 | 7 Comments

Check out Shelly’s Crew Report on her blog: http://shoelessshelbell.blogspot.com/2011/07/western-states-crew-report.html

Western States.

What can I say?  It’s the grand daddy of American ultras.  When I started toying with ultras in 2005, this was THE race I wanted to run someday.  Over the years, the mystique was diminished a little by the likes of Hardrock and the Barkley… but Western was still on my must-do list.

I entered the lottery last year and did not get […]