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5 April 2011

Will It Blend?–Two Nike Running Shoes and the Free’s Sole Get Pulverized in a Blender

Mad kitchen-scientist Tom Dickson has delighted millions of YouTube viewers with the all-powerful blender called the Blendtec. The whirling blades have destroyed golf balls, light bulbs, iPhones and iPads, and much more. In this video, the diabolical Dickson makes a foul-tasting, unSmoothie out of a Nike Air Max 90 from the early 90s, a sole from the […]

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4 April 2011

Barefoot Persistence Hunting on the Sea Floor

Man first emerged from the depths of sea as a fish with fins-turned-shortened limbs that over hundreds of millions of years evolved into legs. From these humble ancestral origins emerged bipedalism, and in the blink of a cosmic eye, humans have gone from Stone Age hunters and gatherers to rulers of the planet. So it’s […]

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4 April 2011

Running Relaxed and Efficient with Lee Saxby: Short Tutorial

    Looking to improve your running form in  just 80 seconds! This new gait and form video by U.K. barefoot running coach Lee Saxby, who closely works with VivoBarefoot, will help. Watch and learn, as Saxby offers a jazz musician’s rhythmic tempo-touch to a runner’s cadence on the treadmill: “1,2,1,2,1,2,3,4…”  According to Saxby, “As […]

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3 April 2011

Brooks Banks on “Float or Feel” for Launch of New Pure Running Shoes

Come this Fall, specialty running shoe stores will be selling a new line of Brooks footwear called the Pures.  Deliberately eschewing the minimalist tag, these shoes still have a lot of minimalist features: lightweight, flexible soles, very little heel-to-toe drop. Citing extensive market research, Brooks claims that runners aren’t looking for “less” in a shoe; […]

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2 April 2011

Desert Running in Vibram FiveFingers Improved My Cadence and Gait

By Coralee Thompson, M.D. I’ve been working out for much of my adult life, and since first meeting Dr.Phil Maffetone in 1997, running always included wearing very flat shoes. The past few years while living in the mountains of southern Arizona, we sometimes combine three activities that might include hiking, running, walking, biking and swimming. […]

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1 April 2011

How Do I Transition My Running to Minimalist Shoes?

by  Mark Cucuzzella, M.D. This is a great question and one I get asked frequently. There isn’t a set formula that can be applied to all situations. There is a big difference between transitioning to a Newton shoe, a pair of FiveFingers, or completely barefoot. Newton shoes have more protection than your bare feet and […]

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1 April 2011

Coolest Treadmill on the Planet

The Gait and Motion Laboratory at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia encompass 1,400 square feet and is available for private rental. And who could be blamed for never wanting to run again on a treadmill at the local gym after being spoiled on this state-of-the-art machine with computerized biofeedback? […]

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31 March 2011

Should Runners Stretch Before Running?

Why is the running community so divided on this topic?  Your junior high gym teacher probably required you to do a series of stretches at the beginning of each class. These exercises might have included toe touches and hamstring stretches. Proper form was usually neglected. But did these exercises actually warm up your muscles and […]

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31 March 2011

Looking Beyond Dietary Fat and Heart Disease

by Dr. Phil Maffetone. The publishing of objective research plays an important part in our understanding of how the human body works. As scientific studies better demonstrate certain relationships between food and health, previous recommendations may be updated. The U.S. government, and others, often does this through their agencies such as the U.S. Department of […]

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31 March 2011

‪Nike Free “Scribble Men”‬ Commercial

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29 March 2011

ITB Syndrome: Avoid Icing, Stretching, and Orthotics

ITB Syndrome is a common and quite painful leg/knee injury that can leave runners, triathletes, and even cyclists out of commission for months.  It often presents itself as pain on the outside of the leg, typically near the lower part of the knee. In this video,  Sock Doc (aka Dr. Steve Gangemi) discusses the reasons […]

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29 March 2011

What is Minimalist?

It’s to be expected that with any new footwear trend, a lack of consensus among manufacturers can often muddy the waters for runners. Minimalist shoes are a prime example of this happening. Nothing is to stop a company from marketing a shoe as minimalist, when in fact, it might appear anything but when compared to […]

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29 March 2011

What is Zero Drop?

Zero Drop refers to the height differential between the shoe heel and toe area. Most conventional running shoes have an average drop of 12 mm, which places too much impact and stress on the heel region– and we know what happens next and it’s not good for runners.  The runner’s cushioned heel strikes the ground […]

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28 March 2011

Freedom’s Run In West Virginia on October 1, 2011

Come join us at the Freedom’s Run held in early Fall in colorful, leaf-changing West Virginia on October 1,2011. Five events– kids, 5K,10K, half-marathon, and marathon. Race director is Dr. Mark Cucazzella, owner of Two Rivers Treads in Sheperdstown and director of the Natural Running Center. For more info go here. And make sure you […]

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27 March 2011

Putting on FiveFingers In Just 10 Seconds!

Many ardent fans of Vibram FiveFingers bellyache about how long it takes to slip on the barefoot shoes. But leave it to professional sword-swallower and ultrarunner Roderick Russell to tell you how to get VFFs on your eager feet in under 10 seconds. Hey, that’s about one second per toe, or just over a shade […]

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