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26 November 2013

“1-2-3 Run” Form Skills

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 […]

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17 November 2013

5 Tips on How To Improve Your Running Form

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 […]

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9 November 2013

Recap of Minimalism and Healthy Running

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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29 October 2013

Marine Corps Marathon 2013 Report

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 […]

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21 October 2013

Semper Fly 2013: Marine Corps Marathon Race Day Strategies

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 […]

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4 October 2013

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

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 […]

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23 September 2013

Freedom’s Run…Through Civil War History

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 […]

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4 September 2013

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

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.  […]

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20 August 2013

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

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 […]

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4 August 2013

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

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 […]

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30 July 2013

“Posing” the Question of Proper Running Form: Natural Running vs. Pose Method

Natural running is not some ideal, archetypal running form; it’s what happens when you let your own body figure out what works best for you when you minimize interference between the foot and the ground. It’s what happens when you let your own muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones do all or most of the work. […]

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21 June 2013

What I Have Learned From Barefoot and Minimalist Running

In June 2013, the second Barefoot Connections conference  was held in England, and most fittingly, it met inside  the prestigious Natural History Museum which is located just outside London. Several leading practitioners and thought leaders in natural lifestyle and barefoot activity (walking and running) gave talks there.  Family commitments kept me from making the trip […]

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8 June 2013

Comrades “Marathon”: What Goes Up…Goes Up

Why would I travel half way around the world to run The Comrades “Marathon” in South Africa? Not sure. Anyone who has ever run this race, which is the oldest and largest ultra run in the world, talks about it with a  reverence and describe the amazing emotional and cultural experience. This run has brought […]

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14 May 2013

Race Report:Harpers Ferry Half Marathon

It is always a challenge being a director of a race. You are always faced with things you did not anticipate.  Twelve hours before the event here in West Virginia, we were hit with a thunderstorm of massive proportions.  Most of the course markings of the run which was 40% trail were gone.  Water from […]

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7 May 2013

Book Excerpt from “FARMACOLOGY”

Please enjoy this excerpt from a new book called “FARMACOLOGY:What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing,” from my colleague Dr. Daphne Miller.  Dr. Miller is a fellow Family Physician and we met a little over a year ago at an event promoting Nature Prescriptions.  Dr. Miller is one of the nation’s […]

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