Observations on Cadence Change With Running Speed on the Track

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I did a 5x400m track workout on Wednesday (was supposed to be 6×400, but lightning and torrential rain put an early end to the workout!). As usual I was wearing my Garmin 620, and one of the cool features of the watch is that it computes your cadence for you without any additional gadgets or […]

Video Lecture on Limb Stiffness in Running

Last night I was reading a post by James Dunne on the benefits of running on varied surfaces. In the post I came across a video by podiatrist Ian Griffiths on the topic of limb stiffness in running. I’ve written about this topic myself, and also wrote a post on how alterations in limb stiffness […]

Does Risk of Injury Increase When Transitioning From a Conventional Running Shoe to a Moderately Cushioned Minimalist Running Shoe?

One of the good and bad things about writing a growing running blog is that I get a lot of email. It’s good in that I love hearing from readers, bad in that I get so much that I have reached a point where I am simply unable to answer everything that comes in. Sometimes, […]

Foot Strike Patterns in Barefoot and Minimalist Runners

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Back in 2011 I attended the New York City Barefoot Run. I was in town for a meeting organized by Merrell Footwear (they invited a bunch of folks – scientists, writers, journalists, runners – to talk shoe trends), and the Barefoot Run was included on the list of events for the weekend. Rather than participate […]

Effects of Running Speed on Foot Strike Patterns and Identification of Multiple Heel Strike Types

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It’s becoming more and more clear based on existing research (and research coming soon) that foot strike patterns in running are influenced by a wide variety of factors. It’s not simply the case that humans use a single foot strike type under all conditions – factors like footwear, surface hardness, speed, and experience all seem […]

The Potential Downside of Wearable Biomechanical Monitoring Devices for Running

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One of the big trends I see coming is an onslaught of wearable monitoring devices that can measure aspects of your running biomechanics. For example, I received a Garmin Forerunner 620 for Christmas. The Garmin 620 is unique among Garmin watches in that it adds in the ability to measure a slew of new variables […]

Movement Signature of the Gravity Intolerant Runner – The Importance of Swing Phase

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This is a guest post by Dr. Jeff Moreno, DPT A common observation  in the world of running is the runner that overstrides. I think whether you are in the world of research, or treating runners full-time in a clinical setting, we can all agree that overstriding is suboptimal. We all understand the potential physical […]

Colin’s Running Form – Sometimes Radically Different Shoes Don’t Change Things Very Much

Last week I posted some video of my friend Sam Winebaum’s running form after a filming session at the clinic. Today I wanted to share some video of another athlete who visited last week: Colin Cook. Colin owns Peak Triathlon Coaching in Bedford, New Hampshire, and is an accomplished triathlete. As evidence of his ability, […]

You Be The Gait Analyst: Analyze Sam’s Running Form

If you’ve followed this blog over the past six months you’ll know that I resigned from a 10-year career as a college professor back in May. Aside from my desire to pursue this blog on a more full-time basis, a second big motivator for leaving academia was that I had an offer to work out […]

My Running Gait Analysis at the Spaulding National Running Center

Last Friday I traveled down to Boston to give a research presentation at the Spaulding National Running Center. I was invited by Dr. Irene Davis, one of the world’s leading experts on running gait and injuries, and it was awesome to be able to spend an afternoon at a top notch gait lab. I got […]