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Barefoot Running

Carefree Living Is Not Easy

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Parents should encourage our kids to wear them. And we should set the example of helmeting up ourselves.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

This Man Plans To Run Across America -- Barefoot

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living

Most runners have a favorite (and sometimes expensive!) pair of running sneakers, but avid marathon runner Alex Ramsey has decided to forgo shoes alto...

For the Love of Vibram FiveFingers

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Hanaan Rosenthal

The day after the lawsuit I was approached by a woman who said: "I heard those were actually bad for you." I explained that misusing anything can be bad for you.

8 Companies That Sold You Lies

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business

If you haven't heard already, those ridiculous-looking “barefoot running shoes” that have been pretty trendy the past couple of years yield pretty...

That Barefoot Running Shoe Company Lied To Us All

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business

If you were one of the 70 million Americans who purchased a pair of those weird-looking "barefoot running" shoes, you may be entitled to some cash. ...

Book of Odds Looks at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Part 2

Amram Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2014 | Sports
Amram Shapiro

Only elite runners have a shot of winning, but all 36,000 entrants can dream, can't they? By this Walter Mitty standard, each entrant is more than five times more likely to win the Boston Marathon than to die running it.

Experts Urge Caution With Barefoot Running Shoes

Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living

A small new study adds to the body of evidence that switching to barefoot running shoes isn't as simple as it sounds. During a 12-week training pro...

The End Of Barefoot Running? | GORDY MEGROZ | Posted 12.19.2013 | Healthy Living

In 2010, a French adventure racer named Nicolas Mermoud approached Karl Meltzer, the accomplished American ultrarunner, and asked him to try out a pai...

Running Form: Distilled (Part 4)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Running Form: Distilled And there you have it, the essence of running in three easy pieces -- Pose, Fall, Pull. But, if it's so easy, why do most run...

Running Form: Distilled (Part 3c)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Anatomy of a Stride You know from the two earlier posts that the previous two invariables in running -- Pose and Fall -- pretty much happen on their o...

Running Form: Distilled (Part 3b)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Anatomy of a Stride Remember from "Running Form: Distilled (Part 3a)" that from the running Pose you stand on the precipice, ready to give yourself t...

Running Form: Distilled (Part 3a)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Anatomy of a Stride Recall from the previous post, "Running Form: Distilled (Part 2)," that by employing a standard by which to frame, evaluate and a...

Running Form: Distilled (Part 2)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Awareness As promised in the previous post, you're going to find out precisely how the perspective of aviator and author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery --...

Running Form: Distilled (Part 1)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Confusion: First Step to Clarity Well, we've got to start somewhere, right? So, just sit, settle, and sip on something enjoyable as you learn a littl...

Living Road: Runners on Road for Life

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 09.28.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

So much of my time hitchhiking, I think of roads. Of Patch workers on ice roads. Of roadside running caribou. Of traveling carnival convoys. Of runners in love living their dream lives on the road. There's a lot of living on the road and some rides go far.

Running: Barefooted (Part 5)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Barefoot running is best learned during the preseason when fitness is a lesser concern. Unless you are already regularly barefooted, the progression toward appreciable distance takes weeks for some, and months for others.

Running: Barefooted (Part 4)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

I consider running in a novel way, but one that's as natural to humans as are the undulations of flying to sparrows, and swimming to elephant seals. That means regardless of medium, on this planet, horizontal locomotion requires us to hitch a ride with gravity.

Running: Barefooted (Part 3)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Because the running shoe materially alters natural gait and simultaneously robs us of the feedback necessary to correct and adjust our faulty stride, this protective, supportive device creates and becomes itself a threatening environment.

Running: Barefooted (Part 1)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

Shoe companies and health care providers have traditionally put forth that various levels of biomechanical shortcomings are the root cause of our locomotive problems. We are inherently flawed, and only cleverly-designed footwear is the solution.

Japan, Buddhism and the Ultramarathon of a Lifetime

Amy Chavez | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Amy Chavez

The Buddhist pilgrimage appeals to the motives of the independent traveler in us. Meditation appeals to our inward search for meaning.

STUDY: 'Barefoot' Running Trend Linked To Foot Injuries

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living

Propelled in part by the success of the bestselling book Born To Run, the decision to go barefoot has been hailed by some as a step towards minimizing...

Running Form: Simplified (Part 2)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

You'll remember from the previous post that "correct running form asks only that runners eliminate the variables, and reinforce the invariables." In running, while foot-to-ground contact is a given, does nature favor one manner of landing and loading over another? Let's find out.

Running Form: Simplified (Part 1)

Christopher Drozd | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

In as many weeks, this five-part blog post series on "Running Form: Simplified" will carefully sift through the particulars of running so that -- like our most ancient forebears or our youngest children -- ultimately, we can just run.

Running Form: Convoluted

Christopher Drozd | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Drozd

I myself have benefitted from high levels of conditioning overriding fledgling skills, but I know with certainty that unless correct running form is learned, eventually the undue strains of sloppiness will overrun even the greatest muscular conditioning.