Foot Strike Patterns During Barefoot Running on Hard and Soft Surfaces

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So far this week I have written about studies that have looked at foot strike patterns in in minimally shod or barefoot runners. A study of the Tarahumara in Mexico showed that even among individuals who habitually wear minimal footwear, foot strike patterns are variable during running. A study of the Hadza in Tanzania suggested […]

Foot Strike Patterns During Barefoot and Minimally Shod Running in Hadza Hunter-Gatherers

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Yesterday I wrote a post about a study that examined foot strike patterns in Tarahumara Native Americans from Mexico. That study found that Tarahumara who habitually wear and run in minimal huarache sandals exhibit a mixture of foot strike types (40% midfoot, 30% forefoot, 30% heel), whereas Tarahumara who habitually wear and run in conventional […]

Foot Strike Patterns in Tarahumara Runners Wearing Huarache Sandals vs. Conventional Shoes

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I’ve written a lot about foot strike variability over the years, but I still see people make claims that heel striking is bad, or that barefoot and minimally shod runners don’t land on their heels. Personally, I view foot strike as one aspect of running form that varies with a range of factors. These factors […]

2015 Nike Free 5.0, 4.0 Flyknit and 3.0 Flyknit Released Today

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One of my favorite running shoes from last year was the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit. In fact, the 4.0 Flyknit might be my favorite Free of all-time – my only real complaint was that the lacing put a bit of pressure on the top of my foot with extended wear. In contrast to the 4.0, […]

Another Study on the Efficacy and Potential Benefits of a Retraining Protocol to Increase Running Cadence

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A few weeks ago I wrote about a study that looked at the effectiveness of self-directed gait retraining for increased step rate in runners. That study found that runners could indeed make lasting changes to step rate on their own, and increased cadence altered biomechanical variables that might increase risk of injury. These changes included […]

New Shoe Previews: Saucony Kinvara 6, Saucony Nomad TR, Nike Wildhorse 3, and Nike Terra Kiger 3

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Running Warehouse has recently posted video previews of a bunch of new shoes, including the Saucony Kinvara 6, Saucony Nomad TR, Nike Wildhorse 3, and Nike Terra Kiger 3. Looks like the Wildhorse is indeed moving to 8mm drop and will become the slightly beefier of the two Nike trail shoes – makes sense to […]

Brooks Launch 2 Running Shoe Review: Updating a Classic

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The original Brooks Launch was one of my all-time favorite running shoes. I started running in them in 2009, and ran a breakthrough PR in the (frigid) 2010 Disney Marathon with the Launch on my feet. They were simple, lightweight, soft in the heel, incredibly smooth, and the red/orange color combo looked amazing. They were […]

Review: GORE Urban Run Convertible Windstopper Gloves

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You’d think given that it’s now Spring that it’s a bit late to be reviewing a pair of running gloves. Unfortunately, the cold has dragged on here in New Hampshire, and it was 10 degrees Fahrenheit and windy when I got up this morning. Conditions hadn’t improved much for my lunchtime run, and it was […]

Inspiring Story: 500+ Pound Man Finishes First 5K Race

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I love stories about people who take control of their health by getting active. Yesterday on Facebook I shared a video about a man named Derek Mitchell who weighed 625 pounds. He decided he needed to do something about his weight, and so far he has lost 35 pounds and he just completed his first […]

New Balance RC1400 v3 Coming Soon

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The New Balance 1400 v2 is one of my favorite shoes – simple, lightweight, and affordably priced. It’s also a very popular shoe among readers of this website, so I wanted to share the news that an update is on the way. Yesterday I was alerted in a comment that version 3 of the 1400 […]