Category | Dr. Mark’s Desk

“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...]

5 Tips on How To Improve Your Running Form

Posted on 17 November 2013

For the past 12 years, I have dissected and modified hundreds 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 senses –starting [Read more...]

Recap of Minimalism and Healthy Running

Posted on 09 November 2013

I recently came across this video of an interview that two West Virginia University journalism students Sean Manning and Robert Kreis produced. The Shepherdstown Chronicle ran an accompanying  article on Two Rivers Treads and healthy running. Enjoy.

Marine Corps Marathon 2013 Report

Posted on 29 October 2013

I ran my 22nd Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday (2:47, 83rd overall, 2nd in my age group to my Marine friend, Alex Hetherington, 46, in 2:42). I will respect the post-race recovery period. I was sore on Monday, but it was not too bad. I went for an easy jog with my dog. It was [Read more...]

Semper Fly 2013: Marine Corps Marathon Race Day Strategies

Posted on 21 October 2013

For a few nail-biting weeks, uncertainty clouded the future of the 38th Marine Corps Marathon. But it’s all systems GO! for 30,000 runners now that the U.S. government shutdown has ended. The world’s largest marathon without prize money will be run October 27 through the nation’s capital as scheduled. “Runners, we are on,” director Rick [Read more...]

Jamie Summerlin’s 100-Day Freedom Run Across the U.S.

Posted on 04 October 2013

There are runners, and then there are runners who push the known limits of human endurance. My friend and fellow West Virginian Jamie Summerlin is one of these amazing athletes. Jamie Summerlin is a Gulf War-era veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps for six years. Currently, the Marine veteran serves as the [Read more...]

Freedom’s Run…Through Civil War History

Posted on 23 September 2013

In just five years, local volunteers and our race committee have taken an idea to start a race in a small town that would highlight both health and history.  Our race course for Freedom’s Run takes runners past many important Civil War and Historical landmarks. Each year, the event has grown, with runners now wcoming from all over [Read more...]

Air Force & Marine Corps Marathons; Austin Eat & Run; Freedom’s Run

Posted on 04 September 2013

After a brief end-of-summer hiatus of travel for family fun, I’ll be hitting the road for several events this fall. This will provide me the opportunity to speak more about running and health, as well as meet other runners.  And, of course, I get to race. In three weeks, there is the Air Force Marathon.  [Read more...]

Documentary on Mountain Runner Anton Krupicka; and Freedom’s Run

Posted on 20 August 2013

I am looking forward to seeing the new documentary, “In The High Country”, which is the result of a yearlong collaboration between mountain runner Anton Krupicka and filmmaker Joel Wolpert. The 30-minute film will be shown in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on Friday, October 11, and the screening will be held at the historic Shepherdstown Opera [Read more...]

Natural, Minimalist Golf: New Book by Dr. Phil Maffetone

Posted on 04 August 2013

As a recreational golfer, it was with great anticipation that I received Dr. Phil Maffetone’s new book in the mail. In a departure of Phil’s previous titles, this one was centered on golf.  Phil’s work has significantly  influenced my life, running, teaching on health, and practice of medicine. I was eager to see what he [Read more...]


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