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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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3 September 2015

Kids Don’t Need to Sit All Day in School: It’s Bad for Their Health




Bernadine Somers and Morgan Academy will be the first school of our region in West Virginia, maybe even the entire East Coast, to experiment with stand-up desks for kids. Most adults and children spend their days engaged in a damaging and unhealthful activity: sitting. Parking ourselves in chairs for long periods results in a chronic […]

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2 September 2015

Run On Sentencing: New Column




by Bill Katovsky Thoughts on the Just-Completed World Track and Field Championships in Beijing…American track sprinters don’t just have a doping problem; they have a dropping problem. Well, the botched baton hand-off in the men’s 4×100 was actually due to illegal passing outside the restricted zone. But in years past, especially in the Olympics and […]

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11 August 2015

Slow Jogging: “Run with Smile, Midfoot Strike”




One of the most inspiring scientists and self-experimenting athletes is my good friend, Japanese running guru Dr. Hiro Tanaka.  I had the privilege of first meeting Dr. Tanaka, a Professor at Fukuoka University, Japan, at the Boston Marathon in 2011 after giving a talk on minimal running and the benefits of “easy.”  Dr. Tanaka showed […]

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23 July 2015

Live Life With More “Vigah”!




Take The JFK/Freedom’s Run Challenge And Help Recharge The Change That JFK Envisioned For Our Country 35 Runners completed the inaugural JFK/FR Challenge in 2015.  Are you up for the challenge this year? Challenge Shirt Logo Design for Completers In the late 1950’s a warning sounded. Almost 58 percent of American children were unable to […]

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27 May 2015

Why We Run: “Born to Fly”




What is special about running? Why not just walk, cycle, swim, do some elliptical or maybe the “Gazelle”, or just squat repeated times through the day? My cousin Meaghan Cusack explained it all when she spoke to a group of physicians at a recent Healthy Running conference in Chicago. Meaghan is a self-addicted 5K runner […]

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12 May 2015

Running Shoe-Fit Process Properly Explained




A week ago I received an email from a colleague in running retail, Eric Johnson, who is the general manager at Ultramax Sports, a “Top 50 Best Running Store in America.” Eric is really smart and gets it. He wrote, “This is by far the best video on prescribing running shoes I’ve run across.”  This […]

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28 April 2015

Adidas Early Track Shoes




Adidas (it’s actually spelled with a lower-case “a”) has a long, storied history dating back to the 1920s. Two German brothers, Adi and Rudi Dassler, had started making sports shoes called Dassler in their mother’s laundry room. As sales steadily increased, they eventually expanded operations to a small factory in their home town of Herzogenaurach. […]

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26 April 2015

Why Minimalism Went Flat, Part III




by Jim Hixson, CSCS It’s clear that minimalism is alive and well. Less shoe is thriving far beyond what naysayers and running magazines want us to believe. While mega-cushiony running shoes have taken over shoe walls at many independently owned stores (don’t get me started on big-box or running-chain stores), there’s still plenty of choices […]

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26 April 2015

Join Us On Facebook




Discover newsworthy stories from all over the world on running –inspirational profiles, cool things and people, the weird and useful, injury prevention, diet, shoe reviews, videos, and a lot more. Just head over to the Natural Running Center Facebook page. Here are 15 of our more popular FB posts since the beginning of the year. […]

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20 April 2015

Triathlon’s Tuesday Run: 20-Year San Diego Tradition




In the 80’s and 90’s, if you were serious about triathlon, you moved to one of the small, sleepy beachfront towns north of San Diego. Like surfers looking for the best swells, you wanted to be on the home turf of the world’s best triathletes, seeking out the steepest competition, for training, and then more […]

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11 April 2015

Free Range Running




by Bill Katovsky     “Free range” is one of those terms that’s been in the news recently, and refers to parents’ dropping an over-protective, helicoptering approach to raising their children, and replacing it with much less restrictive control. It’s how childhood used to be. That was how it was with me and my brothers growing […]

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3 April 2015

Tarahumara Documentary: GOSHEN




The new feature documentary, GOSHEN, reveals how the Tarahumara tribe’s ancient diet and active lifestyle can not only transform your personal health and fitness, but may be the key to preserving Tarahumara culture as well. Watch here via Vimeo.  Own the DVD! GOSHEN is a powerful documentary depicting the diet and active lifestyle of the indigenous […]

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29 March 2015

2015 Minimalist Shoes–Check Out These Three Models!




If you are reading this post, chances are you’re still very much a strong believer in minimalism, and have yet to drink from the maximalist Kool-Aid trough. Or if you have, it’s with extreme caution, and not in large mileage gulps. “Less shoe” is very much a key consideration for improved footstrike and body-ground spatial […]

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29 March 2015

“Train, Don’t Strain”– Basic Military Training, Healthy Running, Lydiard and More




I recently spent time at the San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The ground floor of injury prevention for military members is Basic Military Training.  For the US Air Force this is San Antonio-Lackland.  Preventable injuries during physical praining in all the Armed Services costs millions of dollars a year in lost duty time […]

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25 March 2015

Form vs. Running Shoes –Why Minimalism Went Flat, Part Two




by Jim Hixson, CSCS     Minimalism isn’t going away. Too many runners have discovered for the first time what it’s like to run injury-free. They have awakened to the joy of a midfoot strike instead of heels hitting first, something that conventional running shoes with stiff, outsized crash pads pretty much guaranteed. But in the […]

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15 March 2015

Healthy Running Courses




Teaching courses on healthy running is one of the greatest pleasures of work as an educator. I learn so much from the participants as we share experiences and variations on simple training principles that work to keep us healthy.  The thing I  like best is when after we tell a story, we do an exercise […]

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23 February 2015

Why Minimalism Went Flat, Part I




Part One, by Jim Hixson, CSCS It was exhilarating and vindicating to see the increase in the selection of lightweight, flat, thin, flexible shoes several years ago. But now the minimalist utopia is threatened by market forces. I looked at the 2014 survey Peter Larson had on Runblogger.com –two of the top 20 shoes were […]

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23 February 2015

Mindful Running = Stress-Free Running




by Elinor Fish After successfully completing Colorado’s infamous Leadville Trail 100 several years ago, I was on cloud nine, dreaming about my next big endurance  challenge. While my imagination soared, my body plummeted into depths of exhaustion I’d never before experienced. I couldn’t seem to recover from Leadville, and almost a year after the race […]

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23 February 2015

Original Strength for Runners: Go, Baby, Go




by Sarah Young We were born to run. We were also made to move. Our birthright is movement in all its forms.  As babies, we began laying the building blocks to be runners by doing such seemingly mundane things as lifting and controlling our big heads (which weighed about 1/3 of our baby bodyweight). As […]

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23 February 2015

Relief for Plantar Facsiitis




About once a week, the Natural Running Center will receive an email from a reader complaining about chronic plantar facsiitis pain in his or her foot. For these sufferers, conventional treatment ranges from orthotics to NSAIDS, neither of which are natural methods or recommended. Nor are they effective. These readers are looking for answers. Maybe […]

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