How to run an ultramarathon (or 7) in Xero Shoes

I love it when people ask, “Can you really run in those things?” as I run by them in my Xero Shoes. 😉 Well, Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse, otherwise known as Ultra Mel & Jon — at http://ultramelandjon.com/ — had that experience a LOT of times recently. That’s because they ran the Madagascar Race […]

Dennis Kimetto finishing his WR marathon

Who will run the first 1:59 marathon?

Dennis Kimetto shattered the marathon world record when he ran 2:02:57 in Berlin. But how fast can we really go over a 26.2 mile course? 2:01? 2:00? Faster? Well, long-time distance running guru, Phil Maffetone thinks 1:59 is do-able. VERY do-able. And he also thinks that the person who sets that record will be running […]

National Runner Survey 2014

Calling all RUNNERS! What motivates you to run? What is your favorite race distance? How often do you run? You are being invited to participate in Running USA’s National Runner Survey, a comprehensive survey to assess the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits, and product preferences of the running population nationwide. The National Runner Survey is easy […]

Andrew Snopes sets a barefoot running world record

24 Hour Barefoot Running World Record

If you bump into someone who opines, “You can’t run in bare feet!” show them this. Andrew Snope ran 131.43 miles, barefoot, in 24 hours! Yup. Ran for 24 hours (with just a few bathroom breaks). Did it barefoot. And if that same opinionated person counters with, “Yeah, but the world record is 188.59 miles […]

Is barefoot running really BS?

Marc Lindsay recently posted what I’m sure he thinks is a scathing critique of barefoot running at Active.com called “Why Barefoot Running is BS.” Sadly, it’s not the well-researched, well-considered investigation I think he believes it to be. In fact, given that the top of the article clearly says “Sponsored by Brooks,” one has to […]

Barefoot Running Q&A – Transitioning, pain, and cold weather

Here’s another Barefoot Running Q&A video, where I take an email I’ve received and give an answer on video. In this video we look at the relationship between barefoot and minimalist shoes, foot and calf pain  during the transition to barefoot, how minimalist shoes fit in with the transition to bare feet, and how to […]

What are the benefits of barefoot walking and running?

I got a message on Facebook from Ben: I have a pair of your sandals and I really enjoy the freedom, strength and all around sensation I get running free! My only hurdle has been steeping on rocks on the ball or knuckle of my feet and bruising an irritating the nerves. I have had […]

Man running on hamster wheel

Is running in our DNA?

One reason scientists study mice is, much as we may not want to admit it, we have a lot in common with our rodent relatives. We share enough DNA and physiology that studying mice often reveals quite a bit about us humans. So, does this recent study from Leiden University explain why many of us […]

Are these minimalist shoes?

You won’t believe what the best barefoot running shoes are

Ron Hill ran the 10k in the Mexico City Olympics barefoot. When asked why, he responded, “They were the lightest shoes I could find.” At Xero Shoes, we believe the best running shoes are, well, your feet.  Bare feet. You don’t need pronation control. You don’t need a bunch of padding. You need to be […]

Daniel Lieberman studies the Tarahumara running

Dr. Daniel Lieberman is one of the fathers of the barefoot running movement. His study showing how barefoot runners strike the ground with less force than shod runners, combined with Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, catalyzed the growth of barefoot and minimalist running. Well, it’s as if Dr. Lieberman had a child with BTR, […]