What Can We Learn from Watching Children Run?

The Natural Running Center is privileged to republish this article, “What Can We Learn from Watching Children Run?”,  by Dr. Irene Davis, which originally appeared in the Fall 2011 Journal of the American Medical Athletic Association. Dr. Davis is one of the world’s leading experts on running mechanics,...

Learning Good Barefoot Running Style

Mark Cucuzzella, MD, and director of the Natural Running Center regularly runs unshod as a way to strengthen his feet and legs, as well as improve form, cadence, and posture. This short training segment was filmed on location at the Antietam National...

New Study Examined Forefoot Striking vs. Heel Striking (Guess Which Runners Get Injured More Often?)

On a regular basis, health and fitness journalist Gretchen Reynolds, who contributes to the Well Blog of the New York Times, has done a stellar job writing about the information, studies, and reports emerging rom the frontlines of exercise research. The topics are timely, and she is able to expertly...

Dr. Mark Hits One Outta the Park in Trail Runner Nation Podcast

Trail Runner Nation is a community-centric website that’s supported by aficionados of the off-road. Their motto is “Run Strong and Run Long. They recently invited Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, our fearless leader of the Natural Running Center, to share his views in a podcast. It’s a fun,...

Healthy Running Comes from the Arms and Head Connection

 A month ago, running form guru Jae Gruenke was kind enough to email me with some of her learning and observations from years of experience teaching and developing a program now called The Balanced Runner. She has taught hundreds of runners at her clinics in New York City.  She has also helped...

Heel-strike Experiment: Are You a Brake-Tapper?

by Jason Robillard. Go to any road race.  Stand at some random spot along the course.  Watch as the runners pass.  Count how many land with a heavy over-striding heel strike. It’s obvious this style of running is still extremely popular.  Hell, it’s even advertised for products that are supposed to be...

Use Your Head: Quick Tip to Smooth Out Your Running Form

In this brief video by Danny Abshire of Newton Running, he focuses on the need to balance the head while running. This keeps the body balanced along with...

Gait Analysis of Lead Pack at 2011 New York City Marathon

The Natural Running Center asked us — The Gait Guys – to comment on this striking photo of the lead male pack that was taken at the recent NYC Marathon (with the beautiful Manhattan skyline in the background). We, as always, were glad to oblige. Please keep in mind, we were sent a still...

Take the 100-Up Exercise Challenge

As readers of Chris McDougall’s article on natural running two weeks ago in the New York Times know, the secret of good, injury-free running form is rooted in the past — going barefoot or doing this simple drill called the 100-Up Exercise that was invented in the late 19th century by a very fast...

New York Times Feature Article on Injury-Free, Natural Running by Who Else…Chris McDougall

The timing is perfect. And intentional. The New York City marathon is taking place this weekend. And in the New York Times Sunday magazine, Chris McDougall has written a wonderful article on natural, injury-free running with this rather emphatic headline: “The Once and Future Way to Run.”...

“It’s Tough to Re-learn How to Run” (for Some People)

Pete Larson, aka Runblogger and  Natural Running Center science advisor, has recently written an essay that he calls “a giant brain dump” on Vibram Fivefingers, barefoot running, shoes, heel strikes, loading rates, and injury risk. Most of that article is reposted here. Thanks Pete for allowing...

Good Barefoot Running Form: “Objectively” Unlearning Past Bad Habits

by Angie Hotz aka Barefoot Angie Bee.  When I walked into the VIVOBAREFOOT Training Clinic I thought I would “wow”  Lee Saxby. I had been successful so far having ran a barefoot marathon and not in “barefoot shoes” but actually naked foot.  All of my previous shod race times were...

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