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DO NOT “TRANSITION SLOWLY” TO BAREFOOT RUNNING

The more time you spend researching barefoot running and minimalist running — the more articles, interviews with doctors or runners, news stories, and research you dive into — the more you’ll hear one particular warning. Transition to barefoot running SLOWLY. If you make the transition too quickly, you’ll get hurt. Actually, if the piece supports […]

What’s the WORST surface for running barefoot?

When I tell people that I run barefoot (or when they see me out running without any shoes), the first response I get is: “Oh, so you run on the grass?” Or when I suggest to people that they might want to try running barefoot, the first thing they say is, “With my feet/knees/ankles/eyelashes, I’d […]

Why Barefoot Running?

While barefoot running isn’t new, it’s popularity has been going through the roof since Christopher McDougall’s book, Born To Run, became popular in 2009. Ironically, Born To Run isn’t really about barefoot running. It’s about the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyon of Mexico and how they’re able to run pain-free and injury free for […]

4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Feet

4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Feet (And Ankles) This article was recently updated on April 10, 2023 I’ve always been a fan of shoes as a fashion statement. However, when looking cool or sexy becomes the priority over feeling good, we have a problem. It is no secret nowadays that the health of our body […]

Lydiard Training Plan for Runners

Arthur Lydiard was one of the most accomplished running coaches of all time and his training methods revolutionized the sport. The Lydiard Foundation is carrying on Arthur’s teachings, led by Lorraine Moller, a 4-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon, and Nobby Hashizume. If you’re looking for a distance running training program, the […]

Water? Rocks? Running? Bring it on.

We last left you hanging wondering which model of Xero Shoe we pack along for our different adventures. We often take multiple shoes when we travel, but the Xero Z-Trek sandal always makes the cut due to its versatility, low maintenance and extreme light weight. The Z-Trek is a fantastic sandal for river and water […]

Become a Better Runner — 3 Free Chi Running Lessons

If you want to become a better runner… or start running enjoyably, then you’ll like this video introduction to Chi Running. But, more, you’ll like the 3 Free Lessons you get from Danny Dreyer, creator of Chi Running, when you CLICK HERE

F Sending: Celebrating the Fun of Slacklining with Liz Thomas

For those outside of the slacklining community, let’s start with a quick vocabulary lesson: Send: a verb known to have originated in climbing but has now spread to numerous outdoor sports such as skiing, surfing, highlining, slacklining, mountain biking, and more. In climbing to “send” means that you have climbed the climb in one go […]

5 Calisthenics Leg Exercises to Build Strength and Muscle

This post was recently updated September 26, 2023 For most sports, leg strength can give you, well, a leg up on the competition. Even if you’re not an athlete, though, leg strength is important for health and wellness. If you like to exercise but you aren’t a gym person, you might think that running, cycling […]

Harvard’s Guide to Healthy Feet – Are you doing what they say?

Our local newspaper, the Denver Post included an insert, The Harvard Health Guide to Healthy Living. Lots of great info in there, but my favorite is the section, Keeping Your Feet Healthy. What does it recommend? Check out this video for a few highlights and my commentary. And if you want to read the transcript […]