Return to the Running Lab

I recently had a chance to return to Dr. Irene Davis' biomechanics lab at the University of Delaware. Dr. Davis one of the co-authors of the Nature magazine study on barefoot running, not to mention an honest practicioner of her own advice: over the past few months, she's become a barefoot runner herself. As I describe in "Born to Run," I first … [Read more...]

Barefoot Prof Explains…

A Q&A with Harvard's barefoot professor. Note how he zeroes in on the endlessly repeated "How come elite marathoners don't run barefoot?" question. As he, and so many other minimalists keep explaining, this debate is about technique, not footwear. Learn to run as if you were barefoot, and you're good to go — and go fast. from the Arizona Daily … [Read more...]

Nature’s own running shoe

i'll be posting choice bits from the Nature paper along with commentary, but for now, the killer quote: "People who don’t wear shoes when they run have an astonishingly different strike,” Lieberman said in a statement. “By landing on the middle or front of the foot, barefoot runners have almost no impact collision, much less than most shod runners … [Read more...]

The Shoemaker Scramble

it's been fascinating to watch the shoe companies deal with the overwhelming tide of science  that's been rising in favor of natural running. first, they were silent. then, they went with the silly 'everyone is an experiment of one' line. now, they're talking about 'whittling down traditional shoes.' why are traditional shoes the starting point? … [Read more...]

Finally: Harvard docs show bare feet are best.

Dr. Lieberman, the Harvard professor who helped develop the "Running Man" theory of evolution, has just published a blockbuster of a study. It's on the cover of Nature magazine, and makes this conclusion: runners in shoes suffer THREE TIMES the collision forces of barefoot runners. check out the video: Nature: The Barefoot Professor … [Read more...]