R.I.P. Running Shoes: Brooks to Discontinue the Launch and Green Silence


We runners can sometimes develop special bonds with certain pairs of shoes. They might be a shoe we set a PR in, or the shoe we wore in our first Boston Marathon. These are shoes that we hang on to and keep in our closets because they retain special meaning, and the thought of dumping […]

Now That’s What I Call a Heel Strike!


The photo speaks for itself

How Leg Muscle Activity Changes as Running Step Rate is Increased


There has been a great deal of discussion and debate over the past few years about how various aspects of running form can potentially contribute to increased injury risk in runners. One aspect of form that is often singled out as a major no-no is overstriding. That is, runners should not lengthen their stride by […]

Saucony Virrata Preview: New Zero-Drop, Cushioned Running Shoe Coming Next Year


The Running Warehouse blog just released some photos and details regarding a new zero-drop shoe coming in February 2013 from Saucony. The Saucony Virrata joins the Saucony Hattori as the second zero-drop shoe in the Saucony stable, and this one looks more like a traditional training shoe. In fact, it looks quite a lot like […]

Peter Larson’s Running Publications and Other Media

Below is a list of my writings on running-related topics. If you are interested in interviewing me or having me write an article for your publication, send me an email with specifics. Books Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury Free Running Academic Articles Larson, Higgins, Kaminski, Decker, Preble, Lyons, McIntyre, Normile. 2011. […]

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Why I Didn’t Include Vibram Fivefingers in My Updated Minimalist Shoe Guide


I recently updated my minimalist running shoe guide, and rather than trying to list every minimalist shoe out there right now, I opted instead to recommend what I feel are some good options in several different categories. Right after the post went up, several people on Twitter asked me why I had not included any […]

Tread Lightly Now Available as a Kindle Ebook


One of the most common questions I have gotten since my book came out is when it would be available in ebook format. I myself now read most books on an iPod touch (Kindle app), so I fully understand the desire for an ebook. I’m happy to announce that the Kindle version of Tread Lightly […]

Outside Online Article on Minimalist Shoes for Kids


Just read a great article by Katie Arnold over on Outside Online on a topic that I feel very strongly about. The article, titled “Mini Minimalists: Are Barefoot Shoes Good for Kids?”, addresses whether minimalist/barefoot-style shoes are appropriate for kids. I particularly love this quote: “…if we can encourage kids to run naturally, the way […]