Barefoot Runners Society
Does “Lifting the Foot” Make Us Slower?
By Jason Robillard
I conducted a clinic this weekend in conjunction with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella at Two Rivers Treads, his minimalist shoe store in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I like events like this because it gives me the opportunity to learn along with teaching. In this case, I got to see many of Mark’s awesome drills and explanations in person.
We also had a few good discussions on various elements of running form. In particular, someone asked about lifting their feet. Back in the day I used to teach people to lift their feet as a means of softening their foot strikes. It proved to be effective.
However, I abandoned it last year as part of the simplified methods I started using when conducting Merrell Bareform clinics. It was an unnecessary step that just...
A News Story About Orthotics
By Bob Neinast, a.k.a., Ahcuah
There was a story in the New York Times last week about the relative ineffectiveness of orthotics.
It seems that they often don’t do much.
The first story, published on January 18, is Close Look at Orthotics Raises a Welter of Doubts. It highlights Professor Benno Nigg at the University of Calgary. Here’s the money paragraph from the article:
His overall conclusion: Shoe inserts or orthotics may be helpful as a short-term solution, preventing injuries in some athletes. But it is not clear how to make inserts that work. The idea that they are supposed to correct mechanical-alignment problems does not hold up.
2013 高雄國際馬拉松 Kaohsiung International Marathon 23k Race Report
Differences from last year: Weighed more, warmer temps, started on time, slight course change, saw two barefoot marathoners, ran faster.
I gained about 3lbs since last year's race. It was also about 3C higher at the start. I am also not used to how to prepare the day of and day before for this length of race. I usually run marathons in just under 3hrs. I was able to run the course a couple times before the actual race this year, but didn't know they had changed the course slightly to include a new bridge that they had just finished last year. Last year the race started almost 15min later than it was supposed to. The half-marathon starts 15min after the marathon and I think the marathon started late last...
Una Minimalada 250K
By Antonio Madriñan
(ENGLISH VERSION as translated by Google Translate can be read below.)
Pues si amigos así de impactante suena el nombre, y así de impactante ha sido el reto que he realizado en el Concejo de Corvera (en el Principado de Asturias), se que estabais impacientes por leer este post , y la verdad espero no defraudaros con el ya que he publicado varios en distintos sitios, y todos se parecen un poco.
El reto consistía en estar corriendo durante 48 horas en un circuito ovalado de 770 metros, el circuito era de arena y gran parte del mismo había bastante desnivel, tanto positivo como negativo.
La razón del mismo, recaudar fondos para la...
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