“runScribe” Will Examine Your Form in Great Detail

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Posted on 22 August 2014

by Nick Pang.   Wearable technology is making sports like football (not soccer) safer with concussion-prevention sensors embedded in helmets and mouth guards with live data via Wi-Fi on the field and sidelines. What about running? Even with all the latest shoe- cushioning technologies and research, runners are still get injured every year. Now Scribe Labs [Read more...]

New Book on Sub-Two-Hour Marathon…It Should Happen Soon!

New Book on Sub-Two-Hour Marathon…It Should Happen Soon!

Posted on 25 July 2014

The sub two-hour marathon is running’s final, most elusive barrier. The first runner to go 1:59 will become universally celebrated as marathon’s Roger Bannister. This timely book by Dr. Phil Maffetone, “1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach—Here’s How It Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing,” examines [Read more...]

“Shoe Talk” with Dr. Ryan Green– Cushioning, Stretching, and Wide Feet

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Posted on 23 July 2014

Dr. Ryan Green is managing partner at Varsity Sports Mandeville in Mandeville, Louisiana.  He received his athletic training certification in 1997 and received his PhD in Kinesiology from  Louisiana State University in 2006.  After graduating from LSU and then teaching in the athletic training program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Green went [Read more...]

Breathing Exercises for Runners, Part Two

Breathing Exercises for Runners, Part Two

Posted on 21 May 2014

Our trusted friends and sharers of natural movement wisdom, Sarah Young and Jenn Pilotti, who created the three-part video series on glute exercises for runners, are back with the second installment of “Breathing Exercises for Runners.”  *** Breathing Exercises for Runners, Part One by Jenn Pilotti and Sarah Young Humans can go about a month [Read more...]

Was Footwear Justice Served When Vibram Recently Settled Its $3.75 Million Class Action Lawsuit?

Was Footwear Justice Served When Vibram Recently Settled Its $3.75 Million Class Action Lawsuit?

Posted on 21 May 2014

Several weeks ago, Vibram USA, which is the parent company that produces and distributes FiveFingers running shoes, agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company made “false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits” of its toe-glove footwear. According to the court filings, Vibram will deposit $3.75 million into an escrow account and those [Read more...]

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic MT Mountain Trainer

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic MT Mountain Trainer

Posted on 04 May 2014

by Nick Pang.     The Topo MT offers the ultimate hybrid experience by pairing the best features of a trail and road shoe. A rugged lug outsole provides multi-directional traction and the three density sole platforms offers plating protection without sacrificing ground feel. Reduced weight and increased flexibility will help you maintain your pace when you [Read more...]

Selecting Running Shoes

Selecting Running Shoes

Posted on 04 April 2014

On the last day of March, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released a groundbreaking position paper called “Selecting Running Shoes.”  To those who came across the paper the following day, they might have mistakenly thought this was some kind of April Fools’ joke. It wasn’t! After a generation of sports medicine doctors, podiatrists, coaches, [Read more...]

The Race to Build a Better (“Healthier”) Shoe

The Race to Build a Better (“Healthier”) Shoe

Posted on 30 March 2014

Getting published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Pulse Magazine is a great honor for scientists, engineers, technologists, and biomedical researchers.  A comparison would be a health or medical research team having its study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  In the current issue of IDEE Pulse that feature articles [Read more...]

Shoe Review: Skechers GOrun 3

Shoe Review: Skechers GOrun 3

Posted on 06 March 2014

Building on the success of the best-selling Skechers GOrun 2, Skechers has created another potential winner  with the launch of its GOrun 3 running shoe. The Skechers GOrun 3 is the next generation of transitional (or bridging) running shoes. Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a barefoot-running [Read more...]

Natural Foot Health vs. Shoe Industry

Natural Foot Health vs. Shoe Industry

Posted on 26 February 2014

by Dr. Ray McClanahan. I was recently on vacation with my family in Hawaii. One evening, we attended a Luau, where nearly every native Hawaiian had beautiful spread toes and strong healthy feet. That is  not often the case on the mainland. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was related to the fact that they [Read more...]

Max’ed Out On Thickly Cushioned “Maximalist” Running Shoes?

Max’ed Out On Thickly Cushioned “Maximalist” Running Shoes?

Posted on 09 February 2014

by Bill Katovsky. By rudely pushing aside lean-’n-mean minimalist shoes in running stores, those beefy bullies known as maximalist shoes might one day be remembered as a shoe-category killer. We hope not. But consider all these brands boasting super-thick foam styles: Hoka One One, Brooks, Skechers, Puma, Vasque, New Balance and Altra. Other shoes like [Read more...]

How You Can Stop Worrying About Injury and Learn to Love Minimalist Running Shoes: A Short FAQ Guide

How You Can Stop Worrying About Injury and Learn to Love Minimalist Running Shoes: A Short FAQ Guide

Posted on 21 January 2014

by Jim Hixson.      Q.    What is the basic difference between minimalist and traditional running shoes? A.   A lot, and it’s not simply a matter of philosophical differences.  Minimalist shoes fit the anatomy of the foot, allow the foot to move through its natural range of motion without restriction, and enable the sole of the [Read more...]

Danny Dreyer, Chi Running: “Be a Minimalist Walker or Runner, Regardless of the Shoes You Wear”

Danny Dreyer, Chi Running: “Be a Minimalist Walker or Runner, Regardless of the Shoes You Wear”

Posted on 15 January 2014

For tips on how to make 2014 a better running year, let’s turn to my friend Danny Dreyer, the founder of Chi Running. Running shoes have gone from thick to thin to thick and to everything in between since 2006, several years after Danny first started writing and teaching that the keys to healthy, enjoyable [Read more...]

What Next for Running Shoes and Minimalism?

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Posted on 09 January 2014

by Bill Katovsky. Depending on how frequently runners read magazines like Outside or Competitor, or check Runner’s World’s blog, they can be excused for thinking that minimalism is gone, departed, yesterday’s news. The sporting goods and fitness media abhor a news vacuum; they constantly seek out the latest trend, often on the heels of announcing [Read more...]

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Barefoot

Dr. Mark’s Video — “The Principles of Natural Running” (over 1/2 Million YouTube Views)

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Posted on 06 May 2013

For the past 12 years, I have dissected and modified hundreds of pairs of shoes, taught running form clinics around the country, opened a minimalist store in my home town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, directed races (from 5K fun runs to marathons), got local children excited about running, and most importantly listened with all my [Read more...]

Endurance

Running with the Tarahumara

Running with the Tarahumara

Posted on 12 July 2013

by Roman Urbina, Race Director of La Ruta Ultra Run. The Tarahumara have this wonderful expression that I learned to appreciate after recently spending several days with them, the first time in Costa Rica last November  and the second occasion recently in Mexico. Both times centered on 100-kilometer running events, each one incredibly difficult and [Read more...]

Footwear Explained

3 Common Misconceptions About Minimalist Footwear and Running Form

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Posted on 23 July 2014

We are happy to share the following essay from my friend and colleague Jeff Gaudette, who is the founder of Runners Connect, which is a team of expert coaches dedicated to helping runners train smarter, stay healthy and run faster.  Jeff is one of the forward thinkers in natural running movement  as well as a [Read more...]

Form

“1-2-3 Run” Form Skills

“1-2-3 Run” Form Skills

Posted on 26 November 2013

I recently posted a Dr. Mark’s desk piece outlining “5 Tips on How To Improve Your Running Form.” As a followup to that instructional article, here is a short, helpful video as part of the United States Air Force Efficient Running Project. As you focus on form, not speed, here are 3 steps to get [Read more...]

Get Fast!

Can Music Help You Run Faster? Dr. Phil Maffetone Says “Not” When You’re Actually Running

Can Music Help You Run Faster? Dr. Phil Maffetone Says “Not” When You’re Actually Running

Posted on 10 February 2013

Many runners depend on their tunes to get through their workouts. Other runners never run with music, using the syncopated beats of their breathing or footstriking as their private cadence-like metronome to propel them forward. So, is there a right way or wrong way when it comes to music and running?          [Read more...]

Health

Let’s Do Lunge: Dynamic Movements and Exercise Drills

Let’s Do Lunge: Dynamic Movements and Exercise Drills

Posted on 30 October 2013

Join me, my kids Leo and Lily, and my fellow movement teacher and Two Rivers Treads Education lead Paul Koczera, as we lead you through several exercise snacks that are demonstrated in these three videos. Do these simple dynamic movements and drills whenever and wherever you can. They can be done any time of day, [Read more...]

Injury

Ask Sock Doc: Recurring Running and Walking Injuries, Morton’s “Toe,” and More

Ask Sock Doc: Recurring Running and Walking Injuries, Morton’s “Toe,” and More

Posted on 17 October 2013

Q:I followed your advice and threw away my orthotics and started wearing zero drops. My chronic sacroiliac pain (previously treated with Cortisone) has been completely resolved and all the years of feet and leg pains are gone. But now that I need to see a podiatrist for a painful hammertoe. How do I find one [Read more...]

Kids

Get Your Kids Into Minimalist Shoes to Ensure Natural Foot Development

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Posted on 28 September 2011

As a family physician, I firmly believe that children should play in their bare feet or in activity shoes that complement natural foot development and proper biomechanics of movement. Runners, walkers, coaches, and the medical community are all awakening to the benefits of allowing proper natural foot motion to occur in all of our daily [Read more...]

Library

Natural Running Center’s Library

Natural Running Center’s Library

Posted on 15 March 2013

Our virtual library at the Natural Running Center is a breeze to use. Plus, there’s no late fees or someone shushing you to keep quiet. Our filing system is quite simple. Articles are divided into the following categories: 1.) General Information 2.) Sports Medicine Journal and Academic Research 3.) Science of  Running 4.) Reading on [Read more...]

Mental Stuff

Nature, Play, Running, and the Rebirth of Fartlek

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Posted on 24 March 2012

*** Last week, I had the privilege of addressing an audience of local youth in a TEDx event that was hosted by National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown , West Virginia.   The topic was “Connection to Nature.” For those who have never heard of TED, it stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design”, and the [Read more...]

New Shoe Reviews

Fat and Flat: Running Shoe Pendulum Swings from Minimalism to Maximalism

Fat and Flat: Running Shoe Pendulum Swings from Minimalism to Maximalism

Posted on 09 January 2014

by Nick Pang.   There is a dangerous swing (in my opinion) in the running shoe pendulum from minimalist to maximalist running shoes for 2014. The pendulum swung the opposite direction a few years ago. Which direction will it swing next and where will it settle? Make sure you understand the choices before diving in. [Read more...]

New to Minimalism?

What I Have Learned From Barefoot and Minimalist Running

What I Have Learned From Barefoot and Minimalist Running

Posted on 21 June 2013

In June 2013, the second Barefoot Connections conference  was held in England, and most fittingly, it met inside  the prestigious Natural History Museum which is located just outside London. Several leading practitioners and thought leaders in natural lifestyle and barefoot activity (walking and running) gave talks there.  Family commitments kept me from making the trip [Read more...]

News

Queens of the Ultra: Meet Diana Gorham and Sheri Fiolek

Queens of the Ultra: Meet Diana Gorham and Sheri Fiolek

Posted on 13 August 2014

Here in our small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia you will find truly amazing people with their own amazing personal stories. So please enjoy this fun and inspiring interview with Two Rivers Treads’ leading ladies, Diana Gorham and Sheri Fiolek, who finished the Burning River 100 miler in Ohio on August 3. If anyone tells [Read more...]

Nutrition

Simple Food Rules for Runners

Simple Food Rules for Runners

Posted on 07 January 2013

My wife’s grandmother lived to 103, and the holidays just past have reminded me of how she lived. She was not a runner, nor did she do a lot of cardio, except for sauce stirring and daily walks to markets and church. Our own local legend Frank Buckles who lived to 110 ate in this [Read more...]

Quick Running Tips

Quick Tips: 10 Ways Barefoot Running Resets the Body

Quick Tips: 10 Ways Barefoot Running Resets the Body

Posted on 07 August 2013

1. The feet become thicker and softer. 2. The skin, muscles, bones, and tendons have become more resistant to injury. 3. The skin becomes tough and pliable so it can shape around objects. 4. Running attentively helps to avoid hazards. 5. Form flaws are corrected. 6. There is more work in barefoot running, especially when [Read more...]

Shoe Basics

Shoe Review: Racing in the Newton Running MV3

Shoe Review: Racing in the Newton Running MV3

Posted on 20 August 2013

by Nick  Pang, NRC Shoe Review Editor.   I recently reviewed the Newton EnergyNR, a bridging and transitioning shoe for runners who want to experience the unique technology platform and ride found only in Newton running shoes. Now with the MV3, Newton Running has launched the lightest running shoe in its racing line. Ultra-lightweight and [Read more...]

Strength & Mobility

Four Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Know

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Posted on 12 November 2013

by Charlotte Clews. Stretching won’t do much for your speed, and flexibility alone won’t make you less prone to injury but that doesn’t mean you should never stretch. While it’s true that a perfectly aligned human body moving in a natural environment should be able to maintain good muscular balance without any additive stretch or [Read more...]



 

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