Does Haile Gebreselassie Need Motion Control Shoes?

It doesn’t take an expert in running gait analysis (which I am definitely not!) to look at Haile Gebreselassie’s stride as a thing of beauty. Simply watch the video below an you’ll see what I mean. It was with some degree of surprise, then, that I watched the second video posted below which shows that […]

Gear Review: Sof Sole Socks for Running

A few months ago the people at Sof Sole sent me a few pairs of socks (Sof Sole Anti-Friction and Sof Sole Coolmax Runner) and a pair of moldable insoles (Sof Sole Custom) to try out and review.  I suggested to them when they contacted me that I tend toward more minimalist shoes, and insoles […]

Newton Gravity Trainers: Review of a First Run from @ahanu

One of my Dailymile/Twitter friends, @ahanu, just posted a great review of his experience running for the first time in Newton Gravity Trainers.  You can read his Newton review on the Dailymile website.  I haven’t tried the Newton’s myself (surprising, given my shoe addiction), and the price tag, from $150.00-$175.00 per pair, is high enough […]

Analyzing My Running Footstrike: Fun With High-Speed Video

Several days ago I posted about a new high-speed video camera that I recently purchased for my research lab.  The Casio Exilim EX-F1 is an amazing piece of technology, allowing us to record extremely quick events at high-frame rates (as many as 1200 frames per second), and it is already proving itself worthy as a […]

The Barefoot Running Debate: Where I Stand

If you’ve read this blog or my Twitter stream lately, you might be under the impression that I’m a dedicated barefoot runner. Let me be clear and honest at the outset of this post – I have never completed a run completely barefoot (well, maybe when I was a kid, but certainly not in my […]

Kids Running Barefoot: Lessons from the Pros

I’m fortunate that my line of work allows me to purchase gadgets that let me do some pretty cool things.  This year, I have seven research students who will be working with me, and several of them are very interested in studying the mechanics of running and cycling.  With the allotment of research funding provided […]

Why My Fall Marathons Probably Won’t Earn Me a Trip to Boston in 2010

Let me start this post by stating the obvious – I am passionate about distance running. There are few things in life that I enjoy more than being out on the road or trail and feeling the steady beat of my footsteps underneath me. Like many passionate distance runners, I also take pride in my […]

Vibram Fivefinger Fun-Run: Puddle Stomping Like a Kid in My "Monster Shoes"

Image via Wikipedia Today was one of those cool, rainy Fall-like days that make you want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, two cords of firewood awaited stacking in my driveway, and a restful day wasn’t in the cards. For me, the annual stacking […]

Vibram Fivefingers: The New VFF Bikila (coming in 2010)

Update 7/09/10: I just put up a post about my first run in the new Vibram Fivefingers Bikila. Check out my very preliminary Vibram Fivefingers Bikila review here. It appears that Vibram is responding to the growing popularity of the Fivefingers line of “barefoot-like” footwear among runners by designing a new model that directly targets […]

Barefoot Running from the NY Times Well Blog

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Over the past several months, Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times Well Blog has written a series of great articles on running as she prepares to run her first marathon this Fall (she’s training for the NYC Marathon in November). If you’re not familiar with Parker-Pope’s Well Blog, […]