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Merrell M-Connect Lineup: The Mix Master Move

Feb 5, 2013 | No Comments

The Mix Master Move (M3… my special code for the shoe) is the second of my Merrell M-Connect reviews. The idea behind the lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meet the needs of every aspect of the minimalist market. The last shoe I reviewed, the Proterra, is a lightweight hiking shoe. By contrast, the M3 is a road shoe. Specifically, I would classify it as a “transition” shoe that would Read More...

Merrell M-Connect Proterra: Hiker? How About Trail Runner.

Feb 3, 2013 | 7 Comments

The first shoe I’ll review in the 2013 Merrell M-Connect lineup is the Proterra. It’s a shoe designed for hiking. My hiker friends tell me the minimalist movement has trickled down to the hiking world. Lightweight boots and shoes are replacing the thick, heavy boots that were once synonymous with hiking. Features like 12″ of ankle support, 4″ lugs, and 24 ounce weight are being replaced by light, fast designs. Just like the running Read More...

Industrial Athletes and Minimalist Shoes: Can it Reduce Workplace Injuries?

Dec 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

Since Cyber Monday, I’ve been working for UPS helping to deliver packages. There are several reasons I took the seasonal job, some of which are related to running. I was in a bit of a funk and needed to take a break, but needed an activity to maintain my fitness level. Spending many hours five days a week running heavy boxes up and down apartment building stairs has certainly did the trick. I actually lost weight, got stronger, Read More...

Merrell Bare Access 2 Review

Oct 17, 2012 | 7 Comments

Merrell’s Bare Access 2 is an update to the popular Bare Access released last year. i reviewed them here:

Bare Access Review

I used that particular shoe for a good portion of the Across the Years 72 hour race and all of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k. The cushioning didn’t affect my gait nearly as much as I expected. The biggest issue I had was the top of the heel counter. Read More...

Skora Form Review

Oct 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

I’m always excited to test a first shoe from new companies. Skora was founded by David Sypniewski a few years ago. He solicited a lot of feedback when designing his first lineup, which I appreciated. At the time, the minimalist market was quite bare. [see what I did there]

Anyway, David had a great vision. He understood an important fundamental- the shoe shouldn’t interfere with your running form. The idea is widely accepted in minimalist circles, but was quite revolutionary Read More...

Changing Shoes in Races: A Secret Hack to Reduce Fatigue and Run Faster?

Jul 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

Here’s what we know:

Running long distances is fatiguing
Different shoes slightly change the biomechanics of running form
Changing biomechanics slightly changes how the body works, including changing stress on various body parts and possibly changing muscle activation patterns (Pete Larson and Bill Katovsky discuss this in “Tread Lightly“)

Here’s what we can assume:

Changing biomechanics will provide relief for fatigued muscles

So…

In long races, it may be advantageous to change shoes. The key- they must be Read More...

Barefoot Running Philosophy: The Current State of the Mind

May 19, 2012 | 6 Comments

Every once in awhile, I like to consider my current thoughts, opinions, and observations on all things related to barefoot running. My own barefoot philosophy has changed dramatically since I first ditched my foot coffins back in the day. Here’s my latest thoughts:

On Barefoot Running:

Barefoot running is a great way for many people to learn to run in a more efficient manner. If we recognize our brain has the ability to maximize motions to become as Read More...

Is Barefoot and Minimalist Running Supported by Research?

May 9, 2012 | 24 Comments

Is barefoot and minimalist shoe running supported by empirical evidence? In other words, do we have science on our side? This is a question that springs up quite often. Barefoot running skeptics ask the question. The barefoot-curious ask the question. Even some of us that have been doing this for awhile ask the question.

The answer is… sort of.

The holy grail of research would be some sort of large, representative-sampled double-blind longitudinal experiment that compared Read More...