Max’ed Out On Thickly Cushioned “Maximalist” Running Shoes?

by Bill Katovsky. By rudely pushing aside lean-’n-mean minimalist shoes in running stores, those beefy bullies known as maximalist shoes might one day be remembered as a shoe-category killer. We hope not. But consider all these brands boasting super-thick foam styles: Hoka One One, Brooks, Skechers, Puma,...

What Next for Running Shoes and Minimalism?

by Bill Katovsky. Depending on how frequently runners read magazines like Outside or Competitor, or check Runner’s World’s blog, they can be excused for thinking that minimalism is gone, departed, yesterday’s news. The sporting goods and fitness media abhor a news vacuum; they constantly...

Fat and Flat: Running Shoe Pendulum Swings from Minimalism to Maximalism

by Nick Pang.   There is a dangerous swing (in my opinion) in the running shoe pendulum from minimalist to maximalist running shoes for 2014. The pendulum swung the opposite direction a few years ago. Which direction will it swing next and where will it settle? Make sure you understand the choices before...

Tips for Treadmill Running and Other Biomechanical Benefits

We are pleased to repost this essay from Dr. Casey Kerrigan on treadmills. It originally appeared on the blog for OESH Shoes where Dr. Kerrigan is founder and chairman. Citing studies, she dispels one very popular myth that because “it’s a tiny bit easier to run on a treadmill, many will tell...

Headed to the Gym? You Might Save Money, Not with a Membership but Paying Per Visit

by Bill Katovsky. Gyms have replaced bars as America’s favorite gathering places. But depending on time of day and year, health clubs are typically agog with lycra-spun exhibitionism, squadrons of Spinners and Cross-fitters, or quieter than a Trappist monastery. Now gyms are moving outside with boot camps...

Barefoot Farm and the Tarahumara

Thousands of miles from the Copper Canyon region of Northern Mexico is a small organic farm that’s located on the western outskirts of North Carolina adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest. Co-founded by Will Harlan and Emily Diznoff in 2005, Barefoot Farm is partially modeled on the self-sufficiency...

Ask Sock Doc: Avoid Overtraining, Moving Past Plantar Fasciitis, and When to Start HIIT

Which guidelines are those to know when you have a sufficient base to start HIIT {High-Intensity Interval Training} workouts? Sock Doc: You’re okay to start HIIT training such as intervals, hills, and other high-intensity activities once your aerobic fitness test no longer improves. Say you’re...

New 2014 Running Shoes:Wild Colors and Innovative Features!

Nick Pang, our shoe review editor and co-founder of Natural Running Center, recently attended The Running Event trade expo in Austin, TX. There, for three consecutive days, he happily stalked the carpeted exhibit hall where he checked out the new crop of 2014 running shoes. Many footwear companies were only...

Running with Tarahumara Women

by Charlotte Clews. The Tarahumara people are renowned for their long-distance, trail-running skills and while much has been written about their top male runners who consistently win international ultra-marathon races, little has been said about the remarkable Tarahumara women. In addition to honing their...

Global Walkabout: 21,000 Miles, Seven Years in “Out of Eden Walk”

by Bill Katovsky.      National Geographic Magazine contributor and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek  has turned his back on time through a very old-fashioned way: by walking.  His pre-modern goal is to walk across seven continents (21,000 Miles) in a bipedal attempt to cover the same...

Topo Athletic “Splits” Difference with New Line of Minimalist Running Shoes without Split Toe

Going with a more traditional shoe design, Topo Athletic, which introduced split-toe or Japanese tabi-style models last summer, recently announced the addition of two new models to its expanding running shoe portfolio: the zero-drop Speed Trainer (ST) and 2mm drop Mountain Trainer (MT).  Natural Running...

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...

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