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Danny Dreyer, Chi Running: “Be a Minimalist Walker or Runner, Regardless of the Shoes You Wear”

Posted on 15 January 2014

For tips on how to make 2014 a better running year, let’s turn to my friend Danny Dreyer, the founder of Chi Running. Running shoes have gone from thick to thin to thick and to everything in between since 2006, several years after Danny first started writing and teaching that the keys to healthy, enjoyable [Read more...]

“1-2-3 Run” Form Skills

Posted on 26 November 2013

I recently posted a Dr. Mark’s desk piece outlining “5 Tips on How To Improve Your Running Form.” As a followup to that instructional article, here is a short, helpful video as part of the United States Air Force Efficient Running Project. As you focus on form, not speed, here are 3 steps to get [Read more...]

Gait 101: Learning to Run More Naturally

Posted on 27 August 2013

by Dr. Phil Maffetone.  Many beginning runners remark about how much they enjoy the new experience. They care little about the nuances regarding form, technique, or proper gait. As long as they are moving, accumulating mileage over a sustained period of time, they feel content and satisfied. But at the advanced and elite level of [Read more...]

Dr. Mark’s Video — “The Principles of Natural Running” (over 1/2 Million YouTube Views)

Posted on 06 May 2013

For the past 12 years, I have dissected and modified hundreds of pairs of shoes, taught running form clinics around the country, opened a minimalist store in my home town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, directed races (from 5K fun runs to marathons), got local children excited about running, and most importantly listened with all my [Read more...]

Beware of Footstrike Studies Focusing on Only One Variable

Posted on 08 February 2013

A recent study of less than 40 East African tribesman showed that most  land on their heels while running at a slow pace on a compliant surface (not pavement) and when they sped up most changed their pattern to midfoot landing.  Some in the media then grabbed onto this small sample and somehow arrived at [Read more...]

Body Asymmetries: How Past Injuries Can Affect a Runner’s Gait

Posted on 27 January 2013

What is meant by “body asymmetry?”  The term is used to describe when both parts of the body don’t line up or appear in sync.  It could be as simple as having a left foot slightly longer or wider than your right one. For runners, body asymmetry can mean a drooping right shoulder or outward-turning [Read more...]

15 Misconceptions About Minimalist Shoes and Natural Running

Posted on 29 October 2012

by Jim Hixson. 1. There is no correct way to run. There is no perfect way to hit a forehand in tennis, or to drive a golf ball, or to kick a soccer ball, but the degree of divergence from the accepted norm in each of these activities is relatively small.  When you look at [Read more...]

New Dr. Mark Video: “Going for a Run”

Posted on 24 October 2012

One of life’s simplest pleasures is going for a run outside. The late Dr. George Sheehan summed it up best: “Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.” So once in a while let’s forget about footwear, performance standards, and high-tech gadgetry — and instead simply let your [Read more...]

Harvard’s Dan Lieberman’s Short Tutorial Video on ‪How To Run: Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on 08 August 2012

Thank you, Barefoot Professor for this amazingly lucid, totally great video about proper running form. Harvard professor of evolutionary biology Daniel Lieberman gives five simple pointers on how he thinks you can run long distances better and injury-free. First of all, don’t overstride….

Walking vs. Running: Why These Gaits Are Not the Same

Posted on 21 June 2012

by Dr. Phil Maffetone. Walking is associated with first striking the heel, whereas a running gait involves landing farther forward on the foot—a midfoot strike in most cases with more forefoot landing as running speed increases. Making contact with the ground imparts impact forces—the foot literally collides with the earth on each step. While impact [Read more...]


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