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4 July 2011

Cary Grant Runs for His Life in “North by Northwest”

The Gait Guys will be looking at running scenes in classic Hollywood movies. To launch this series, We asked them to examine Cary Grant’s running style in Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” when the mysterious crop duster chases him into the cornfield. Watch the clip first! Here’s additional commentary by The Gait Guys: “First of all, what […]

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4 July 2011

Barefoot in Bedrock, Part One

So how did early man run? If he was barefoot we have a fairly good idea. But studying the fossil record can only take evolutionary scientists and paleontologists so far. That’s where Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble can be of some assistance here. We asked the “Gait Guys,” Dr. Ivo Waerlop and Dr. Shawn Allen, […]

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4 July 2011

Barefoot in Bedrock, Part Two

In the second video clip, Dr. Waerlop noticed a slight improvement in the Barney shuffle: “His barefoot technique has only improved marginally. He initiates with a much better forward lean. His ankle rocker is improved, but not enough for him to gain traction. His arm swing is better, but he has a tendency to hunch […]

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4 July 2011

Running in Minimalist Shoes, But Still Injured? — It Could be Your Diet!

by Dr. Steve Gangemi ( aka Sock Doc). One of the most common questions I have been asked is, “Sock Doc, I’m running in minimalist shoes (or barefoot), but I’m still injured – why?” This question tells me one thing – runners think that if you get out of your over- supportive, cushioned running shoes […]

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3 July 2011

Ask the Experts: Should Heavier Runners Use Thickly Cushioned Shoes?

“Ask the Expert” is regular feature of the Natural Running Center. If you have any running-related questions — shoes, diet, gait, injury, transitioning– let us know, and we will do our best to have an expert from our NRC Advisory Board answer them. Kick-off question: Should heavier runners use thickly cushioned shoes to lessen the […]

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3 July 2011

Hip Extension Drills for Better Joint Mobility

by Dr. Mark  Cucuzzella. This is a nice stretch for hip extension which critical joint mobility for efficient running.  Most of us sit all day which shortens the iliacus, psoas, and hip flexor mechanism.  To run with efficient elastic recoil, the upper leg most be able to extend behind the hips and naturally recoil forward. Notice […]

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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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