Vibram Fivefingers, Barefoot Running, Shoes, Heel Strikes, Loading Rates, and Injury Risk: My Giant Brain Dump

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has been taking the shoe industry to task recently. Several months ago they put toning shoes to the test, finding that claims of increased muscle usage and calorie burn are not substantiated when tested in the laboratory. Here’s an excerpt from the ACE toning shoe study: “Across the board, […]

Slow Motion Video: Barefoot and Shod Running Form from the NYC Barefoot Run

Yesterday I posted a few still shots captured from a video I took at the NYC Barefoot Run. Today I add a a few video clips showing a sample of runners from the event – mixture of barefoot and several Vibram Fivefingers runners (as well as a few other things). Once again, it’s hard to […]

Foot Strike Photos from the NYC Barefoot Run

As part of my whirlwind trip to New York City, on Sunday morning I attended the NYC Barefoot Run. Rather than starting the race with the other runners, I opted to set up shop about a quarter mile from the starting line with my trusty high-speed video camera in tow. Managed to film all of […]

Off to New York City – Merrell Roundtable and NYC Barefoot Run

I’m sitting in the airport in NH waiting to board my delayed flight to Newark, with hopes of making it into Manhattan at some point tonight. Figured this was a good time to play around with the Blogpress app for iPad for the first time! I was invited to New York by Merrell, and will […]

Zero Drop New Balance Minimus: Preview Videos of the MT00, WT00, MR00, and WR00 from Running Warehouse

Haven’t had enough time lately to put together a regular blog post, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to put up a quick one with some preview videos of the new line of zero drop New Balance Minimus shoes from Running Warehouse. Below are preview videos of the MT00, WT00, MR00, and WR00. Enjoy! […]

Skechers Go Run Review: First Impressions

(UPDATE Dec. 2012: With a new update to the GoRun now out, the original Skechers GoRun can be purchased for as little as $36 at The GoRun 2 will be reviewed soon here on Runblogger) This post is going to come as a bit of a shock to a lot of people who read […]

More On Running Cadence: Comparative Data from Amby Burfoot and Alex Hutchinson

In my previous post I provided some data on how my own stride rate and stride length vary with running speed. In that post I referenced another article on running cadence by Alex Hutchinson – I sent Alex my data, and he went ahead and added it to a graph that he had compiled showing […]

Running Speed: Human Variability and The Importance of Both Cadence and Stride Length

Over the past week a few posts have popped up on blogs that I frequent regarding the topic of running cadence/stride rate. First, Alex Hutchinson at Sweat Science put up a post titled “The problem with 180 strides per minute: some personal data.” In his post Alex shares some personal data on cadence, and emphasizes […]

Heel Lifts and Postural Adaptation: Fun Video by Patton Gleason

Below is a cool video put together by Patton Gleason, mastermind behind the Natural Running Store and fellow Shepherdstown Running Injury course alum. In the video, Patton uses a stack of wooden blocks to show why a heel lift necessitates postural changes. Great visual, and very clever!

What are Minimalist Running Shoes?

The flurry of new “minimalist” running shoes being released onto the market can be hard to keep up with these days. An article in Advertising Age recently reported that “according to SportsOneSource, lightweight products — loosely defined as shoes that weigh 9 oz. or less in a men’s size 9 — accounted for 28% of […]