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Sore Calves? Achilles Problems? Stress Fractures? Plantar Fasciitis? Get Off Your Damn Toes!

Oct 31, 2012 | 10 Comments

Over the last few days, I’ve been answering questions on Reddit. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. The number of people that complain about the following injuries is increasing dramatically.

Chronically sore calves
Calf cramps
Achilles tendonitis
Metatarsal stress fractures
Bone spurs around the heel
Plantar fasciitis

The weird thing- this is occurring in people that aren’t necessarily making a transition to barefoot or minimalist shoe running.

There’s a growing recognition that there are benefits of changing running form to eliminate excessive overstriding. […]

Blogs Worth Reading: Donald Buraglio Contemplates Running Tahoe Rim 100 Miler in Soft-Star Moccasins

Jul 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

I get no greater joy that seeing others pushing the envelope in minimalist footwear.  Donald Buraglio, writer of the Running and Rambling blog and co-author of ‘The Running Life‘ (which I reviewed here) is contemplating running the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler in Soft Star moccasins.  These shoes are nearly perfect minimalist shoes.  He describes his decision-making process on his blog.

To the best of my knowledge, there still aren’t too many of […]

Natural Running Center: The Ultimate Barefoot/Minimalist Resource?

Jul 8, 2011 | 2 Comments

Mark Cucuzzella, Nick Pang, and Bill Katovsky (and a host of other BFR/MR leaders) came together to develop The Natural Running Center website.  The site features an all-star list of barefoot and minimalist proponents.

The site promises to be a clearinghouse for all things related to natural running.

Check out the site and give some feedback in the comments section here at BRU.




Don’t Knock Minimalist Shoes Until You’ve Pushed Your Limits: A Open Letter to all Barefoot Runners

Jun 14, 2011 | 30 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a few messages about the frequent shoe discussions here at BRU.  This is typical, it comes with the territory.  A few days ago, I received one that I feel warranted this letter.  A newer barefoot runner chastised me for supporting running in minimalist shoes.  This person had been running barefoot less than six months and only trained on sidewalks and a local high school track.

For all newer barefoot runners- […]

Local Running Stores and Barefoot Running

May 20, 2011 | 10 Comments

I get a fair number of questions regarding the issue of the local running stores and minimalist shoes.  Some carry a wide selection of minimalist shoes, offer clinics teaching good running form, teach their staff about the fundamentals of good running form, and even support us barefoot running hippies.  Playmakers in Okemos, Michigan and ZombieRunner in Palo Alto, California are good examples.

Others take more of a middle ground approach.  They may carry some minimalist […]

Barefoot Running Goes Viral: The Most Compelling Story in the Running World Since Bowerman’s Waffle Iron

May 19, 2011 | 26 Comments

We are on the precipice of something big. 

Really big.

Barefoot and minimalist shoe running (BFR/MR) has survived as a tiny niche within the running world for a number of years.  Over the last year, the movement started gaining some serious traction.  As of today, it constitutes 7% of the industry.  When I was this figure, I started getting excited.  Why?

This places BFR/MR on the cusp of the great chasm of product […]

Changing the World Will Make Me Obsolete… And I Will Be Happy

May 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

One of my goals for teaching barefoot running  is to completely redefine the way the running world approaches running form.  I want every runner to learn good form BEFORE selecting shoes.  With any luck, this will cause the modern cushioned, motion control running shoe to go extinct.  The key- convince enough people to learn and subsequently teach good form so this idea reaches critical mass. Once this happens, there will be no need to do what I do.  […]

A Barefoot Running-Related Moral Dilemma

Apr 22, 2011 | 18 Comments

This past Wednesday, I was invited to the Running Fit world headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI.  Running Fit is an excellent running store with seven locations around Michigan.  Also, they direct A TON of races, including the Dances With Dirt series and the Woodstock Trail Running Festival.

Anyway, Running Fit was kicking off their new running form education clinics with a panel discussion about barefoot and minimalist shoe running.  They are taking the plunge and offering […]