Merrell Bare Access Running Shoe Review: Zero Drop, Cushioned, and a Great Fit


This afternoon I ran 14.2 miles in the Merrell Bare Access shoes. This was the longest run I’ve done since the 2011 Boston Marathon, and the first run longer than half-marathon distance that I’ve done in a zero drop shoe since probably 2010. I’m happy to report that the run went very well, and the […]

New Balance RC5000 Road Racing Flat: Fit, Feel, and First Run Thoughts


I have a soft spot for ultralight shoes. Of all of the characteristics that I consider when thinking about what I like best in a running shoe, light weight still comes out as preference number one. I was thus pretty excited when I heard that New Balance would be releasing a racing flat called the […]

Slow Motion Videos of Runners at the 2012 US Olympic Trials: 1500 and 5000 Meter Women’s and Men’s Races


Below are an excellent series of videos shot with a high-speed video camera by PT Jeff Moreno from Precision Physical Therapy and Fitness in Santa Cruz, CA. While you watch the videos, which Jeff originally posted on his clinic’s blog, keep an eye on the landing position of the foot relative to the knee at […]

Tread Lightly Interview on Runner’s World Website: Pronation Control Excerpt


A few days ago I had the pleasure of speaking with journalist Phil Latter about my book, Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury Free Running. We talked about quite a number of topics, and the interview has now been posted on the Runner’s World website. Here’s an excerpt: Phil: What first caught […]

Running and Taekwondo: Adding Strength, Balance and Flexibility via Martial Arts Practice


Last Fall my wife and I signed my 8 year-old son (pictured at left) up for Taekwondo lessons through our town’s rec department. At first, we had assumed that this would be a typical kid activity where we show up, the child participates, and the parents sit on the sidelines for an hour and watch. […]

Running Long in the Heat


Like most people in the US I’ve been dealing with heat acclimation over the past several weeks. My runs have felt sluggish, my heart rate has been elevated way above what it should be for my level of effort, and running beyond 3 miles in 90+ degree heat saps me. The problem is that I […]

Minimalist Running Evolves Toward the Mainstream: Great Post by Brian Martin


My friend Brian Martin at Running Technique Tips just wrote an excellent post on some work that he recently did at a conference for running retailers in Melbourne, Australia. Brian and I tend to think very similarly about the roles of footwear and running technique in keeping runners healthy. In his post he provides some […]