The Barefoot running round-table discussion from UKSEM Thoughts from the Barefoot running round-table discussion at UKSEM: Many of you will probably know by now that at the recent UKSEM conference in London, I chaired a session called “Natural Running – advantages and disadvantages. A Round Table Discussion”. The protagonists in the debate were: Prof Daniel Howell, an anatomy professor from Liberty (USA), known as the “barefoot professor”Simon Barthold, who formerly worked as a podiatrist but who now works in biomechanics and is Asics global research consultantProf Benno Nigg, one of the world’s leading biomechanistsDr Mathias Marquard, a clinician and running coach (who would go on to become the voice of reason in many of the more hostile aspects of the debate, as I’ll describe!) The debate concept That’s a pretty high-profile “cast”, including some of the world leaders in their fields. Controlling it, however, was a nerve-jangling prospect. Buy or sell? So from my vantage point, this is what I saw from the five responses: Back to the debate…
Experiences of CCC , Coumayer, Champex ,Chamonix.....my part in the success of others. Probably around six or seven years ago i was hanging around the main square in Chamonix in the French Alps. Whilst drinking surprisingly expensive beer, I became increasingly aware of the arrival of the tail end runners of what i now know to be the Ultra trail du Mont Blanc. The year before i had climbed Mont Blanc and as a consequence fallen in love with an area of the Alps that have been a play ground for lovers of adventure for well over one hundred and fifty years. What initially struck me was how ill this bunch of odd looking misfits appeared. Little did i know at the time what they were finishing. We arrived a few days before the race planning to spend a week there.The town of Chamonix is used to sporting events but even by their standards the Utmb is massive and completely envelopes the whole region for months beforehand .The town soon filled up as the days passed. Part of the preparation was to spend a few days at a reasonable altitude.
Sobre barefoot, correr y el gran timo de la amortiguación - NatuOrigen En el mundo actual, el de la información inmediata y el debate, racional o no, en las redes sociales, uno puede encontrar artículos y opiniones para todos los gustos. Sobre el tema que sea. Y eso, per se, no es malo. ¿Dónde radica el problema, si lo hay? En definitiva, hoy en día podemos leer absolutas aberraciones, hechas o no con maldad, que carecen de base alguna. Obviamente, si hablamos de correr, todo lo anteriormente comentado se multiplica por mil. Todo esto viene porque hace escasos días, y gracias a esa vorágine informativa llamada Twitter, tan buena como mala (qué curioso) para transmitir ideas y datos, según se mire, pude leer dos artículos acerca de correr, aunque con perspectivas y mensajes diferentes. En otro  nos encontramos el panorama habitual: directrices para elegir zapatillas. Si empezamos por el principio, vamos –casi siempre- a confluir al mismo punto: la asociación del concepto barefoot al concepto moda. Pero, obviamente, no éramos indestructibles.
The Challenges of Barefoot Running on Treadmills | runbare.com ~ By Michael Sandler So, it’s the dead of Winter. The air temperature has finally climbed into the 40’s, but the ground's still as cold as ice. Can you run barefoot on a treadmill? Issue #1: The Treadmill Belt Comes at You There are several mechanical challenges going on with a treadmill. Solution: You can help avoid this by decreasing speed, while increasing incline, naturally putting you up on your forefoot. Issue #2: Running on a Treadmill is Running in a Tight Space Personally, I find it difficult to keep up on my toes properly when it looks like I’ll land on the plastic in front of me. Solution: To overcome this, back up a good foot from where you’d normally run on the treadmill, to give your mind the space you need to stride correctly (chances are, it’s one of perception, NOT of reality, but your toes may think you don’t have enough room to come down correctly when you’re so close to the machine.) Issue #3: Treadmills Lack Relief There’s no relief on a treadmill. Solution:
Healthy Running Course Review ~ Eat. Run. Rehabilitate. Hold on a second guys....Okay, there. Sorry. I had to come down from what I imagine being on cloud 9 feels like. I have had one crazy, jam-packed, and exciting month so far. On top of that I had the opportunity to travel to Portland, Oregon to attend one of the newly established Healthy Running Courses. Additionally, in about a week I will begin a road trip with my new fiance in order to move to Miami. So where do I actually begin with this course review? I arrived on Friday afternoon in Portland and was given a tour of the Correct Toes' office and the clinic (Northwest Foot and Ankle) of Correct Toe's creator, Dr. This group went above and beyond and I think this added to the overall open and friendly feeling that existed at this course. The next morning I woke up early before the conference to enjoy some local coffee while watching the last couple stages of Le Tour de France. So what about the actual course? So what did we actually learn? Dang. Day 1: Anthropologic Basis of Running
» The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Barefoot Running ‘And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.’ ~Kahlil Gibran Post written by Leo Babauta. When I first heard about barefoot running, several years ago, I was skeptical — don’t we need cushion to protect us from injuries, and why would I want to run barefoot, anyway? But several months ago, I read a few influential articles (stemming from the popularity of Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run) and decided to give barefoot running a try. Why not? Today, I’m happy to say I’m a barefoot runner, and I love it. I’ve given away my Asics, and now I run exclusively with my Vibram Fivefinger KSOs or completely barefoot. The Whys of Barefoot Running For decades now, runners (including me) have been sold on the need for good running shoes — if you want to prevent injuries, invest in good shoes. When you first start running barefoot, your feet will be weak, so take it very slowly at first. Equipment Why use Fivefingers? How to Get Started
Don't Trust the World Anti-Doping Agency | The Fit List In an article about to be published in Chance (volume 27, number 3), the journal of the American Statistical Association, two expert biostatisticians launch a remarkable assault on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), accusing it of practicing slapdash, medieval-style science that tramples the rights of athletes, and accusing the world’s politicians, who fund WADA, of being “clueless.” Given the cutting title “Statisticians Introduce Science to International Doping Agency,” Krista Fischer, a biostatistician with the Estonian Genome Center at the University of Tartu, and Donald Berry, one of the world’s leading biostatisticians from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, frame their attack around the case of Andrus Veerpalu, an Olympic gold medal winning Estonian cross country skier who was accused in 2011 of doping with human growth hormone (HGH), but later cleared. “Actually,” they continue, “standards in doping testing should be higher.
Footwear of the Middle Ages - Roman Shoes Types of Roman Shoes Before I discuss Roman shoes, allow me to note that there are some disagreements between scholars regarding some types of Roman shoes. In this document, and on the Development of Footwear Roman section, I have attempted to refine these arguments as I understand them. Although there are numerous examples of Roman shoes found in archaeological sites, and a wide variety of shoes found in Roman literature, it is difficult to say with any certainty which fashions are represented by what shoes. Something shold be said about construction of Roman footwear. following illustrations, which are after Göpfrich show that contrary to general understanding, Roman shoes were not hobnailed together. Return to Contents Footwear of the Middle Ages - Roman Shoes, Copyright © 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002 I.
Workouts Should Be Smart, Not Hard David RocheSeptember 06, 2016LIKETWEET The author channeled specific workouts to a second-place finish at the Headlands 50K, the 2016 US 50K Trail Championships. Photo by Joe Viger Photography Hard workouts don’t make good runners. It’s not just easy days that many runners make too difficult (here's more on slowing down smartly). You can think of each training cycle like baking a cake. If the recipe calls for an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, you don't turn the temperature up to 500 and take it out after 45 minutes; you’ll burn up the cake, and possibly your house. That is what many people do with hard workouts. Assembling the ingredients involves lots of aerobic running, preferably with a dog training partner. Workouts that are too hard have two major problems: 1. Every time you do a harder run, you are taking a calculated risk. For the sake of argument, say your everyday loop at an easy pace carries a 0.1 percent chance of injury. That sounds small, but the little risk increases add up.