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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Barefoot Running Pros and Cons: Some Thoughts from and Interview on

I was recently interviewed about my book, Tread Lightly, by Samantha Chang of One of the topics that she asked about was barefoot running – specifically, she wanted me to discuss some of the pros and cons of running barefoot. I’m admittedly not much of a barefoot runner (pretty tough to do for about […]

Facts on Foot Strike Excerpt from Tread Lightly is Live on the Running Times Website

A few weeks ago I announced that an excerpt from my book, Tread Lightly, appears in the June issue of Running Times Magazine. The article, titled Facts on Foot Strike, was just release live on the Running Times website (with free access) – you can read it by clicking this link. The article looks at […]

So You’re a Heel Striker, It May Be OK! – My Interview on Trail Runner Nation

Earlier this week I recorded a podcast with the folks over at Trail Runner Nation. In the interview we discussed thoughts on form, footwear, and injuries (big surprise coming form me!), and talked a bit about my just-released book Tread Lightly. One of the topics we focused on quite a bit was foot strike, and […]

Should You Emulate the Running Form of Elites: Book Excerpt from Tread Lightly

I was originally planning to publish a few excerpts from my book, Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, prior to its June 1 release date. Well, the publisher moved faster than I expected, and the book is now in-stock at and should be on store shelves very soon (and yes, […]

Tread Lightly Book Excerpt Published on Natural Running Center Website

Quick post to alert you to an excerpt from my upcoming book Tread Lightly. My co-author, Bill Katovsky, just posted an excerpt he wrote on barefoot running in the early 1960’s on the Natural Running Center website. This excerpt comes from his two chapter sequence on the history of footwear and the rise of the […]

Facts on Foot Strike: My Article in the June Issue of Running Times

I wanted to alert you to an excerpt from my book, Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, that was published in the June 2012 issue of Running Times magazine (starting on page 26, with a great photo of my friend Mark Cucuzzella!). The article looks at the differences between heel striking […]

Introducing My Book: Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear and the Quest for Injury-Free Running

About 16 months ago I received an email from a guy named Bill Katovsky asking me if I had any interest in writing a book. I didn’t know him at the time, but I had at least given thought to the idea of writing something more than another blog post. We spoke on the phone […]