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Facts on Foot Strike– Does It Matter If You Run with a Heel or Forefoot Strike?

Posted on 18 May 2012

The minimalist movement of the last few years has gotten runners focused on their feet. Many now know what research has shown: Foot-strike patterns are variable, and the specific interaction between the foot and the ground is influenced by multiple factors like speed, surface and footwear. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s [Read more...]

What Can We Learn from Watching Children Run?

Posted on 11 March 2012

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, running injury, and research. Dr. Davis and [Read more...]

Learning Good Barefoot Running Style

Posted on 05 March 2012

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 Park.

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

Posted on 11 February 2012

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 highlight the salient facts. Best [Read more...]

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

Posted on 02 February 2012

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, informative and doozy of an interview. Listen here if [Read more...]

Healthy Running Comes from the Arms and Head Connection

Posted on 24 December 2011

 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 three-time Olympian Jen Rhines. From [Read more...]

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

Posted on 04 December 2011

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 designed for midfoot [Read more...]

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

Posted on 29 November 2011

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 it.

Gait Analysis of Lead Pack at 2011 New York City Marathon

Posted on 19 November 2011

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 photograph [Read more...]

Take the 100-Up Exercise Challenge

Posted on 15 November 2011

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 miler [Read more...]



 

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