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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. […]

Is There A Right Way To Run? A Few Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Running Like An Idiot

Dec 14, 2011 | 19 Comments

Is there a right way to run?

Sometimes I’m shocked this topic is still debated.  There is a right way to run, and it’s pretty simple.  You should be running with relatively short, fast strides with your feet landing under your body.  You should NOT be running with a slow, plodding stride and landing on your heel well out in front of your body.  Here’s a quick graphic:

So why is the dude on the left wrong?  Here are […]

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 […]

Barefoot Running and Terrain

Nov 4, 2010 | One Comment

It is possible to run on any terrain barefoot with practice.  I advocate starting on a smooth, hard surface such as asphalt or concrete, and then slowly add an ever-increasing variety of progressively more difficult terrain.  While it is very tempting to start on very soft, forgiving terrain (such as grass), this greatly limits the feedback your feet receive.  The result- poor form may go unnoticed.   Ken Bob Saxton ( describes running on grass as a […]


Common Question: Should My Heel Touch the Ground?

Aug 21, 2010 | 8 Comments

When running barefoot, the foot strike (I prefer the term foot “kiss”) often receives unnecessary focus.  New barefoot runners will spend so much time trying to master the nuances of the “perfect” foot strike, they will ignore more important elements such as posture, relaxation, etc.

I routinely instruct people to do whatever feels natural.  The idea is simple- if you follow my advice of starting on a smooth, hard surface, foot strike will take care of itself.  If you land with […]


POSE versus ChiRunning… A Showdown For The Ages

Mar 20, 2010 | 13 Comments

POSE and ChiRunning are two programs that aim to teach runners to run with greater efficiency and reduced injuries.  Both programs are widely supported among barefoot runners.  Both programs have fiercely loyal followers.  I have no financial stake in either.

I’ve read extensively on both techniques.  As is my custom, I take what I can use from any available source and experiment with it.  Some things make me better.  I keep those.  Some make me worse.  Those I abandon.  I don’t […]