Runblogger Runcast #9 – Minimalist Running

Runblogger RuncastLast week a paper on barefoot running was published in the journal Nature by Daniel Lieberman and colleagues that re-ignited discussion of barefoot and minimalist running in both the running community and the mainstream media. This podcast is simply a collection of my personal thoughts and opinions on barefoot and minimalist running, as well as an overview of my running shoe history and current footwear preferences.

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Links referred to in Runcast #9:

-Runblogger Runcast #7 – The Evolution of Distance Running in Humans – Click on the link to view the show notes for my podcast episode on the evolution of distance running in humans.

-Posts on Minimalist Running – Click on the link to view all of my blog posts on minimalist running.

-Posts on Vibram Fivefingers – Click on the link to view all of my blog posts on the Vibram Fivefingers shoes.

-Read my review of the Brooks Launch lightweight training shoe.

-Iron and Wine – The opening song, “Lion’s Mane,” can be downloaded from Iron and Wine’s web page at Sub Pop Records.

-Fleet Foxes – The closing song, “White Winter Hymnal,” can be downloaded from Iron and Wine’s web page at Sub Pop Records.

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.


  1. good discussion about how you got into minimalist shoes. Your running story and how you got to these shoes is very similar to mine.

    Do you have access to the actual paper published by Dr. Lieberman?

    • Pete Larson says:


      Thanks – that’s why I mentioned your name at the end! We do share a very
      similar philosophy I think. I don’t have the paper yet, but am going to head
      over to the library and see if it has arrived. You interested in a PDF?


  2. Interesting podcast on barefoot and minimalist running, thank you! You are absolutely correct to emphasise the need to take it really slow when transitioning to BF / minimalist running. Although I have regularly walked barefoot for about 7 years, running is a whole different thing and it takes time (a) for muscles to adapt (especially the calves), and (b) for good form to develop so that you don’t get hurt. The benefit of running barefoot in this regard, as opposed to using even minimalist footwear, is that your body will tell you to stop before you do any serious damage, because there is nothing to cushion you and give you the false impression that you are not doing any damage. Once you have good barefoot form, it is easier then to transition it to minimalist footwear.

  3. You might want to check this out…


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