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4 January 2016

Get moving for a better body and brain

By Dr. Phil Maffetone Most runners intuitively know movement is necessary for a healthy body — nearly as necessary as air. But did you know it’s important for developing and maintaining a healthy brain, too? That’s because attached to our wiggling toes, bending knees, rotating spine and all moving muscles are nerve endings sending up to […]

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4 January 2016

How to Work on your Running Form

by Jae Gruenke, GCFP When a runner comes to me for help with their form, one of the questions I ask before looking at how they run is, “Is there anything you’re trying to do with your form when you run?” Honestly, even though as a running technique teacher I’m of course very vigorously in […]

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1 January 2016

Put Your Right Foot Forward for 2016- 10 Simple Things

10 Simple Things for 2016 Happy New Year from the Natural Running Center. We hope you have achieved a goal and learned something new about how your mind and body works in 2015. Here are 10 simple and safe things to try in 2016 with the goal not to be more “fit” in the terms […]

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22 December 2015

Take Off Your Shoes and Walk

In 1961 Simon J. Wikler, D.S.C. (Doctor of Surgical Chiropody)  published Take Off Your Shoes and Walk, a successful attempt to explain how modern shoes gradually acquired the characteristics that now prevent the foot from functioning naturally. Despite the persuasiveness of his argument, he is realistic about the difficulty of convincing his opponents that being […]

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17 December 2015

Low Carb Revolution Comes to West Virginia

Why were nearly 100 citizens including the wives of two NFL Hall of Famers gathered at Sam Michael’s Rec Center on a weeknight in October? Over 150 showed up at meeting #2 in November where we shared a low carb dinner at the Clarion. My friend Melanie Miller was igniting the social media world and […]

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14 December 2015

The Running Trifecta

By Dr. Phil Maffetone Train better, race more and get faster — it’s all about energy, and it comes with a big bonus. Most competitive runners have at least three goals that include better training, more racing and getting faster. This trifecta may be the dream of most runners. But training harder and farther won’t […]

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10 December 2015

And now, for your reading pleasure:

Shoes as they are usually worn, not only deform but interfere with the functions of the foot by restricting the movement of its many small joints. Their action is more or less that of a splint.

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4 December 2015

Getting Back to Basics

Runners who are attempting to remain healthy and run more efficiently should learn the basics of good running tedchnique.

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9 November 2015

Bill Katovsky 1957-2015 Long May You Run

We are deeply saddened at the recent passing of our friend and co-founder of the Natural Running Center Bill Katovsky.  Yes, life can be short when you cannot get good help.   Together with Minimalist Shoe aficionado and hi tech wizard Nicholas Pang we created the Natural Running Center site and FB pages http://naturalrunningcenter.com/ https://www.facebook.com/naturalrunningcenter Our […]

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20 October 2015

Cushionism is a Faulty Belief System

by Jim Hixson and Bill Katovsky As most readers who are already familiar with the Natural Running Center know, we have run several articles critical of running with “more shoe,” which in recent years has meant maximalist or hyper-cushioned shoes. We certainly don’t profit from our stance, especially since it’s difficult to find other sites […]

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20 October 2015

Cushionism: A Definition for Runners

by Bill Katovsky   Cush·ion-ism  ˈko͝o SHən izəm: Belief system by runners who prefer running in shoes with built-up footbed support, yet health claims and injury prevention remain unsupported due to the absence of scientific evidence. Cushionism first entered the vocabulary of runners in late 2010, when two Frenchmen, Nicolas Mermoud and Jean-Luc Diard, both […]

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20 October 2015

No Pain, More Fun!

I like to share this letter/email I recently received from my friend Alex Speed.– Dr. Mark Thanks again for your visit here to Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, and for the clear voice you have raised on training and footwear for so many years. In the spring of this year I did a […]

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8 October 2015

Dietary Guidelines for America Under Review

Dear Medical Colleagues, The current version of the Dietary Guidelines for America now being proposed is being challenged in Congress. There is still much room for improvement to be consistent with the evidence and clinical experience. This is a call to action sparked by Nina Teicholz’s recent British Medical Journal Article “The scientific report guiding […]

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21 September 2015

Shoe vs. Shoe: Minimalist and Conventional Running Shoes

You think the running shoe debate is over? That minimalist and barefoot running had its feet crushed by “fee-fi-fo-fum” footwear giants? Just wait, and the pendulum will some day swing back to less shoe. How long the wait? Five, ten years? Which isn’t that long considering that the modern running shoe is a half-century old. […]

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13 September 2015

Celebrating Small Business at Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown, WV

It’s with great honor to alert NRC readers that Two Rivers Treads has been selected as a top 100 small business by the Small Business Revolution (SBR), which  is a year-long documentary project that showcases the stories of 100 small businesses across the country. Powered by the Deluxe Corporation of Minnesota, SBR tells 12 mini-documentaries […]

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