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7 January 2013

Simple Food Rules for Runners

My wife’s grandmother lived to 103, and the holidays just past have reminded me of how she lived. She was not a runner, nor did she do a lot of cardio, except for sauce stirring and daily walks to markets and church. Our own local legend Frank Buckles who lived to 110 ate in this […]

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18 December 2012

The Running Event in Austin: Minimalism is Still Hot!

Huge Congrats to two Natural Running Center’s Partner Stores –Natural Strides Running and Elite Feet –who were selected as  one of “The 50 Best Running Stores in America” at The Running Event in Austin, Texas– which is a fast-growing expo and meeting-and-teaching ground for running store owners and their employees. Best of all, it’s where […]

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23 November 2012

Going the Distance When Kids Run “Free”

Though it’s been several weeks since Freedom’s Run was held here in West Virginia,  I am still receiving emails and from visitors thanking our neighboring towns for the friendly welcome they received as runners.  We would not have been able to pull off this event — marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, one-mile kids run — without […]

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11 November 2012

Wee Warrior Dash

After organizing Freedom’s Run which is a massive logistical task of 2 states, 4 National Parks, and 3 historic towns, a small local race just for the little ones, and along with great help within our County Park, was a welcome relief.  Our small team of adult warriors from Two River Treads put on the […]

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24 October 2012

New Dr. Mark Video: “Going for a Run”

One of life’s simplest pleasures is going for a run outside. The late Dr. George Sheehan summed it up best: “Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.” So once in a while let’s forget about footwear, performance standards, and high-tech gadgetry — and instead simply let your […]

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20 October 2012

Getting in Marathon Race Shape

It’s a dilemma and challenge for many marathon runners. You have two important races that are only six weeks apart, and you want to perform well in both. Several weeks ago, I placed tenth overall in the Air Force Marathon. But come next weekend, I will be racing in the Marine Corps Marathon along with […]

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29 September 2012

Vivobarefoot Kids Shoe Giveaway

  Last weekend was my favorite event of the year at our small natural running and walking shoe store in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Two Rivers Treads had its third annual Vivobarefoot kids shoe giveaway. We personally matched a contribution from Vivobarefoot and gave out close to 200 pairs of free shoes to local children.  Yes, […]

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23 September 2012

Flying High At 46!

I want to share with you the amazing story of Colonel Mike Wasson. Mike is a good friend and long-time United States Air Force teammate. We are the same age (46) and have shared similar experiences in our running and busy professional careers — trying to balance family, work, health, and running. Mike shares the […]

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12 September 2012

Father, Son and Freedom’s Run Half-Marathon

The other day I received the most delightful and endearing email from a proud father and his even prouder son who will be running in the Freedom’s Run Half-Marathon for the second time. I’d like to share it with Natural Running Center readers. (This year’s race is on October 13, and also features a full […]

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3 September 2012

Running in the Heat

Many of you have a fall marathon or ultra coming up.  As we know from history, race day in September or October may be unpleasantly warm. I’d like to share with you an  expanded version of a Dr. Mark’s Desk piece that I initially wrote after this year’s Boston Marathon on racing a marathon in the […]

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28 August 2012

Running in D.C.

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of spending the day in Washington. D.C. for talks and workshops on running at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. The message is all about learning good running form.  And in fact, this was my second trip there. Dr. Roberto Ruiz and Christopher Fall are true innovators at […]

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20 August 2012

Physical Activity (aka Exercise) is Medicine

I’d like to invite all Natural Running Center readers to the upcoming Freedom’s Run on October 13, 2012 — a day of foot races through the four national parks in eastern West Virginia and Maryland. Freedom’s Run is in its fourth year, and the event includes a marathon, a half marathon, a 10K race, a […]

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4 August 2012

Hiking the John Muir Trail Barefoot

Cody Marsh is one of our original running specialists at Two Rivers Treads when we opened the nation’s first minimalist shoe store two years ago in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  He came to us as a creative and smart high school student who loved to run, loved nature, loved adventure, and loved helping others.  In fact, […]

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17 July 2012

“On the Run” –Amazing Short Film from New Zealand

Every now and then, you come across an old movie or documentary that stops you right in your tracks. “On the Run,” a 1979 documentary about New Zealand’s legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard and his training methods is one such treat. In this 19-minute short film, you are witness to some amazing footage as Lydiard’s […]

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2 July 2012

Keeping Children Fit…It’s Not Staying Indoors!

It’s been a super busy past few weeks, so I got a little behind with Dr. Mark’s Desk. I’ve had a hectic travel schedule that first took me to New York City where I gave a talk on healthy running and diet to over a hundred health professionals at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. While in […]

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