Archive | Minimalist Running

Minimalist running evolves towards the mainstream

Last week Mark and I attended the The Athlete’s Foot conference in Melbourne, giving talks and demonstrations about how we use a gradual minimalist running transition as part of our running technique coaching. Interacting with one of the biggest shoe retail outfits in Australia has given us an interesting insight into where minimalism is or isn’t headed in the mainstream retail context.

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A question of balance

Specialty running retailer & coach Mark Gorski share his thoughts on the evolution of the running shoe industry towards minimalism. From a shoe retailer’s view he sees an abyss between minimalist skeptics and passionate barefoot advocates that should be filled with the lightweight trainer category.

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The not so great running shoe debate

It is with some trepidation that I will attend a great running shoe debate to be held in Melbourne this week. My worry is not this particular debate or the participants, but the continued narrow focus on shoes being the main lever available for runners to pull in their search for injury free running and proper running form. Running well is about so much more than what’s on or off your feet.

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Barefoot running baby steps

While I encourage runners to approach barefoot running with caution, for some runners, there is a case to be made for taking baby steps towards barefoot running. In this article I describe five ideas that will give you a taste of the barefoot phenomenon without having to put yourself at high risk of injury.

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Running technique miracle?

I didn’t believe in spontaneous or miraculous improvements in running technique, but some recent coaching clients have given me a chance to reconsider my position. The conclusion: for some (but not all) runners the removal of orthotics and reduction in running shoe support features can lead to rapid improvements in running technique. Watch the before and after video after switching to Nike Free Run.

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Nike Free – can a shoe improve technique?

So what’s the big deal about Nike Frees? It’s tempting to write off the Nike Free as a brilliant piece of marketing to which Nike excels, but are there practical reasons for runners to add a pair of Frees into their kitbag? I’m revisiting this article in anticipation of a post next week that will demonstrate how changes in footwear can stimulate improvements in running technique in some runners.

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