Images of Galen Rupp’s Foot Strike at the 2012 US Olympic Trials


Below are a few more great image compilations produced by biomechanist Iain Hunter of Brigham Young University. The first shows Galen Rupp’s foot strike from the front during his victory in the finals of the US Olympic Trials 5k race. It’s incredible to look at the range of supination to pronation (in the colloquial usage […]

Foot strike Patterns of Men and Women at the US Olympic 10K Trials


A few days ago Steve Magness, assistant coach at the Nike Oregon Project, directed me to a couple of images that BYU biomechanist Iain Hunter had put together showing foot strikes of Men and Women at the US Olympic 10K trials. In case you have not seen them yet, I thought I’d share them here […]

Workshop: Running For Life: Strategies to Help You Stay Healthy, Avoid Injuries, and Run Strong


On August 4th, 2012, Dr. Brett Coapland of Performance Health Spine & Sport Therapy and I will be holding a workshop titled “Running for Life: Strategies to Help You Stay Healthy, Avoid Injuries, and Run Strong” at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH. The workshop will run from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM […]

Foot Strike and Injury Risk in Runners: My Article in Lower Extremity Review


A few months ago I received an email from the editor of Lower Extremity Review asking if I’d be willing to write an article on the topic of foot strike in running. Given that the publication’s target audience consists of medical practitioners who regularly treat lower extremity injuries, I was a bit hesitant at first […]

Sole Delamination in New Balance Minimus MT00 Trail Shoes


While walking around Santa’s Village in northern New Hampshire yesterday I noticed that the sole of my New Balance Minimus MT00 shoes was starting to peel away from the upper in three separate locations – seems to be worst along the lateral forefoot. Curious if anyone else has had a similar problem – see photos […]

Chasing Pain: The Injury Domino Effect

Over the past several weeks I’ve had an interesting experience that I thought I’d share as I found it somewhat informative about the nature of running injuries. I’ve been taking Taekwondo lessons with my kids since January (a story for another post), and I’ve come to realize that in most ways Taekwondo has been a […]

The Changing Nature of Running Injuries in the 1970’s


Below is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book: Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running. Ah, the good old days of running.  Runners hear that line a lot, usually from those who started running in the 1960s and 1970s.  Was there really a golden age of running when runners seldom […]

New Running Warehouse 90 Day No-Sweat Return Policy


I’m a big proponent of experimentation when it comes to running shoes. I’ve been lucky in that being a shoe reviewer has afforded me the opportunity to run in over 50 different shoes the past few years, which has really allowed me to hone my preferences to the point where I know if I’m going […]

Book Review: Running With the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn


One of the best things about being done with my own book is that it has afforded me time to start reading books for pleasure once again (except for, ahem, my reading of the Hunger Games series last winter…). The first book that I picked up after submitting my final manuscript was Running With the […]

Review: HB Tune Hand-Held iPhone Case


Every once in awhile I get the opportunity to try a simple product that fills a very specific need, and does the job very well. Such is the case with the HB Tune handheld iPhone/iPod pouch (disclosure: this product was a media sample provided free of charge by the manufacturer). I generally don’t run with […]

Liquidation Shoe Deals at Running Warehouse – June 2012

My advertising partner, Running Warehouse, has just put a bunch of popular shoes/flats shoes on liquidation at really good prices – of interest to readers of this blog might be. Men’s Shoes:  Asics Piranha Merrell Bare Access Merrell Road Glove Merrell Trail Glove Mizuno Wave Universe 4 Nike Zoom Streak XC3 Saucony Mirage 2   […]

Merrell Vapor Glove Minimalist Running Shoe Preview


The Running Warehouse blog just posted a preview of Spring 2013 shoes from Merrell. I saw a number of the shoes mentioned when I was visiting Merrell HQ last month, but one that I did not see is the Merrell Vapor Glove. Here’s what RW has to say about the Vapor Glove: “Available in both […]

Lord Spencer’s Shoes: The First “Specialized” Running Shoes Ever Made (from 1865)


In Chapter 4 of Tread Lightly, my co-author Bill Katovsky covers the history of human footwear use, and describes the evolution of the running shoe. An essential resource for the writing of this chapter is a 1980 book aptly titled “The Running Shoe Book.” Written by Peter Cavanagh, a scientist who has contributed more than […]

Tread Lightly: Website, Podcast Interviews and Initial Reviews


My book, Tread Lightly, has been out for a few weeks now and much of my time lately has been occupied with trying to do as much promotion work as possible. Bill and I decided to go with a small publishing house so that we would have as much control over content as possible – […]

Study Suggests that Barefoot Running Transition Injuries are Uncommon – What Do You Think?

While reviewing abstracts from the recent ACSM meeting I came across a study that looked at transition injuries among barefoot runners. The study tracked 109 runners and found a fairly low incidence of musculoskeletal injury among them as they transitioned to running barefoot. There are a number of issues relating to the results that are […]