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2 July 2011

Greetings from NRC Director Mark Cucuzzella

Welcome to  the Natural Running Center. Our overall message is simple: Learn, Evolve, Run! With the information, education, and expert advice you will find on this site, it’s our hope and mission that all runners, beginners or veterans, fast or slow, the formerly injured or those hoping to get back in the game, will learn […]

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2 July 2011

Grassroots Revolution in Natural Running Has Taken Off

As a family physician who has worked in primary care clinics for 20 years, I entered the field of medicine since it seemed to be the area where one can have the most influence and impact on healthy lifestyles. I offer the prescription of daily exercise to almost every patient who sees me.  I ask […]

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20 June 2011

Saucony: “Stepping Into Minimalism – What To Know”

If someone asks you, “please define minimalism,” then Zero Drop highly recommends that you point them in this direction of this two-minute video by Spencer White, who is the director of the Biomechanics Lab at Saucony. He expertly explains minimalist footwear and some of the things you should think about before taking the less-is-more leap. […]

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2 June 2011

Merrell: Barefoot Running Technique

One might ask, and with good reason, why would a footwear company promote “barefoot running?” Isn’t it in the business of selling running and walking shoes? But Merrell has taken a progressive approach with both footwear and form, a marriage made widely evident with its new Barefoot Running line. Exaggerated heel-striking,slow leg turnover, and over-striding […]

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29 May 2011

Newton Running: Transitioning to Natural Running Form and Shoes

Danny Abshire is the author of “Natural Running” (VeloPress, 2010) and the co-founder of Newton Running, a Boulder, Colorado-based company that makes shoes that promote an efficient midfoot/forefoot running gait. He has been making advanced footwear solutions for runners and triathletes for more than 20 years. The following article by Danny will help you safely […]

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28 May 2011

New Balance and Playmakers: Good Form Running

Along with the introduction of its new Minimus footwear line, New Balance has partnered with Playmakers running and apparel store in southern Michigan that created “Good Form Running“. This simple, easy-to follow program will help more people make running a less-painful, more enjoyable, part of their lives. In the video below this chart, Good Form […]

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23 May 2011

Altra Running: The Learn to Run Initiative

Give credit where credit is due. Newcomer to the running shoe sector, Altra Running, coined the term “zero drop,” which describes the ideal barefoot-running style shoe. There is no height difference between heel and toebox area. Your foot can function like nature intended, and that means landing properly on the midfoot or forefoot, and making […]

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12 May 2011

Minimalism on the Run: Interview with Tony Post, Vibram’s U.S. President

The March 28, 2011 issue of the running and triathlon industry trade magazine, SGB, featured a splendid interview with Tony Post president and CEO Vibram USA, who has led Vibram USA since 2001. “Answering the old chicken and the egg question, Vibram FiveFingers first appeared at the Boston Marathon in 2006. Christopher McDougall’s book ‘Born […]

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11 May 2011

The Track Shoes That Broke the 4:00-Minute Mile

These spikes are the real deal– the actual track shoes used by Britain’s Sir Roger Bannister when he ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954. Bannister was a 25-year-old Oxford University medical student when he recorded a time of 3:59:40 seconds for the mile on May 6, 1954. Interestingly enough, he was 17 when he seriously […]

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5 May 2011

Why Does the Modern Foot Look the Way It Does?

You were born with perfect feet. So what happened along the way? The human foot is designed such that the toes are spread and extended. This allows for optimal balance and stride. In societies where mainly flip-flops or sandals are used, foot integrity is maintained through life and foot problems are avoided. In industrialized societies however, the foot’s […]

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5 May 2011

Effective Fat Burning for Energy Will Lower Your Times and Shed Weight

by Mark Cucuzzella, M.D. There is a scene from “The Matrix” where Morpheus shows Neo two pills. “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red […]

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1 May 2011

Elastic Recoil

A key difference between walking and proper (mid- and forefoot) running is how the foot muscles work, and, in particular, the energy used for propulsion. The walking body acts more like an inverted pendulum, swinging along step-by-step, literally vaulting over stiff legs with locked knees. Muscles use the body’s metabolic energy created by conversion of […]

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1 May 2011


Humans move in an incredibly similar fashion regarding cadence or tempo.  It may be hard to believe, but most of us all run about 180 steps per minute. Anyone who is healthy normally walks at a basic pace of about 120 steps per minute. Even during our daily activity has been shown to have a […]

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28 April 2011

VivoBarefoot: All About Proprioception (the “Sixth Sense'”)

Free downloadable eBook from VIVOBarefoot and written by world-renowned U.K. barefoot running coach Lee Saxby.With forewords from Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run and Harvard University’s “Barefoot Professor” Daniel Lieberman. The eBook delivers  step-by-step guide to reducing injury and reawakening the innate skill of running, and demystifies proprioception, the secret to optimum performance. Topics covered: 1. We Have Forgotten […]

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25 April 2011

12 Visualization Cues to Help You Run More Efficiently

by  Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Dan Kuland, U.S. Air Force Chief of Health Promotion. I spent many years as a high-jumper battling gravity. The world record holder at the time was Valery Brumel from Siberia.  Brumel combined physical ability, sound training, and mental imagery to jump seven feet six inches.  My coach took special note of […]

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