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Reflections on Boston

Posted on 04 May 2014

April 21 was my twenty-first running of the Boston Marathon. The week before, I wrote a Dr. Mark’s Desk’s piece challenging runners to be fearless on race day just as the bombing victims have been fearless in their journey back to health. At last year’s marathon, I had already finished the race and was with [Read more...]

Run Fearless in Boston

Posted on 14 April 2014

April 21 will be my twenty-first running of the Boston Marathon. That’s a pleasing symmetry, but I also know that I will be experiencing unpredictable emotions. At last year’s marathon, I had already finished the race and was with my family, safe in a nearby hotel a block away, when the terrorism attack occurred. The bombings [Read more...]

Learn Run Form, Rhythm and Balance on Motorless Treadmill

Posted on 26 February 2014

All movement, whether it is walking, running, dancing, or lifting, requires balance and symmetry to do it safely.  What we measure in gait labs looks at things the eye cannot see. These include specific forces, timing of phases of gait which are fractions of seconds, and the gait differences from right to left.  One of [Read more...]

Exercise and Health ‘Round the World

Posted on 05 February 2014

A common currency in the world is running and physical activity. A simple pair of shoes can set you free and take you on great adventures, meet new people, and share in the joy of simple movement and health. I recently spent two weeks traveling 25,000 miles and visiting three continents to teach healthy running, [Read more...]

“Healthy Running” Conferences and Courses in 2014

Posted on 05 January 2014

Join Jay Dicharry, Ian Adamson and myself  for one of our “Healthy Running” conferences and courses in 2014. Our courses are now approved for 16 hours AMA Cat 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours. The three of us have been leading these medical-education courses for two years now. We have refined the content to create a two-day experience [Read more...]

You Have a Foot Size, Not Shoe Size

Posted on 20 December 2013

The Latin expression, nihil novi sub sole, which translated means “there is nothing new under the sun,” came to mind when I first come across Dr. Phil Hoffman’s study of feet from the Philippines and Pygmies of Central Africa from the early 1900s.  Neither group ever wore shoes. Their feet were healthy. As for the [Read more...]

‪Vivobarefoot Kids Shoe Free Giveaway 2013‬

Posted on 12 December 2013

Thank you to our friends at VivoBarefoot for supporting the return of the Minimalist Kids Shoe FREE giveaway at Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown, WV. The giveaway was held last month and like in years past, we were overwhelmed by parents and their kids who loooooove the minimal shoes and reject all others. Two Rivers [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...]

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.


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