New Barefoot Running Magazine Web Site

Barefoot Running Magazine, the world’s first barefoot and minimalist running magazine, has a new web site www.barefootrunningmagazine.com with news, events, competitions, reviews and more! One of The Team may even be familiar to some of you!

The web site also contains links to current and back issues of the magazine.

Sole Man – 12 Things We Learned About Minimalism

“The minimalist running movement isn’t dead, but the pendulum has certainly swung back the other direction. The once white-hot trend has cooled considerably, but it benefitted us all – no matter if you’re a barefoot zealot or a FiveFingers diehard or have always been content wearing a trusty pair of ASICS Kayanos or Nike Pegasus as your primary shoe of choice.”

There’s an excellent article about the impact of minimalism on the running shoe industry over on http://running.competitor.com/ which covers the following:

  • Minimalism Isn’t Dead, But Runners Do Love Cushioning
  • Minimalism Was Necessary And Long Overdue
  • Minimalism Changed The Way We Think About Running Shoes
  • Minimalism Begat Maximalism
  • Minimalism Helped Runners Think About Their Running Mechanics
  • Minimalism Hasn’t Reduced The Frequency Of Running Injuries
  • Minimalism Changed The Running Industry – Sort Of
  • Minimalism Spurred New Science – And Lots Of Pseudo-Science
  • Minimalism Was A Fad And A Sales Pitch
  • Minimalism Isn’t A New Concept
  • Minimalism Isn’t The Answer For Many People
  • Minimalism Isn’t Going Away

Check out the article:

Barefoot Bonanza

Lots of barefoot/minimalist links this morning. Why not start off with issue 2 of Barefoot Briefs from www.barefootbeginner.com where, amongst other things, you can win a copy of RunBare The Movie, win a free pair of Xero shoes and even get involved in some barefoot research! (Barefoot Briefs, Issue 1) Then check out Barefoot Running Magazine, 75 pages of barefoot and minimalist information including tips, reviews, Q&As, and various other minimalist features pulled together by Anna Toombs and David Robinson. Finally, the movie of the inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run is now online, and even includes a brief appearance form yours truly lol! Happy running.

Luongo Footwear On Sale

Luongo Footwear are now accepting pre-orders, with a launch price of $70.00 (RRP $85.00)

“We are not shoes, sneakers, minimal running shoes, socks, booties or any other name you might think of. We are barefoot footwear. Our goal is to protect your feet from cuts, scrapes and dirt. Your body was intended to the do the rest and our footwear allows this. Our mission is to enhance your body’s natural process in attaining strength, stability and balance through barefooting.”

Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running

Anyone with an interest in minimalist/barefoot running will likely have heard of Harvard University Professor Dan Lieberman and Chris McDougall, Author of Born to Run. However, you may not have heard of Lee Saxby.

Here’s what Dan Lieberman and Chris McDougall have to say about Lee:

“I’ve never seen anyone better able to diagnose and correct a runner’s form, and he has that ability — special to good coaches — to translate his advice into words that make sense and which you can follow.” (Dan Lieberman)

“The first time I saw Lee Saxby was the last time I ever had a running injury.” (Chris McDougall)

With comments like these, you know that you should take note of what the author has to say and, it just so happens, you can have a read of exactly what Lee does have to say thanks to ‘Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running’ a completely free 32 page eBook introduction to minimalist running.

“Lee Saxby is at the forefront of applied barefoot science. He has been coaching movement for 20 years and has spent the last 10 years coaching barefoot technique to help runners overcome injury and increase performance. The coaching drills he uses are based on a deep understanding of the biomechanics of movement and his extensive practical experience with athletes of all abilities from beginner to elite levels.”

The eBook consists of 5 chapters which cover everything from evolution to human locomotion, body posture (kinematics) and the subsequent loading of the body’s structure (kinetics) to a look at proprioceptive feedback from the feet and tips on how best to transition to minimalist running.

  • We Have Forgotten How To Run
  • The Human Foot Is An Evolutionary Masterpiece
  • Proprioception: Our Sixth Sense
  • Footwear That Makes Sense
  • Reawaken Your Innate Barefoot Running Skill

Head on over to http://trainingclinic.vivobarefoot.com/running-the-skill/ and you will find a variety of additional resources, from videos to an iPhone/iPad app.

Since the recent inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run reawakened my interest in minimalist running, I have been looking at improving not only my technique but my knowledge and understanding of the issues involved. ‘Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running’ is insightful, concisely written and easy to read and has helped me on the road to fully appreciating the importance of the foot.

When I started reading the document, after being pointed in the right direction by Lee’s colleague Ben Le Vesconte, I did not expect to find myself squatting, a movement that, with my tight legs, I find does not come easily to me. However, squatting is cited as one of the stages of transition, aiding balance, strength and flexibility and, as such, I now find myself attempting to ‘master squatting’ with the ultimate aim of improving my running.

If you read only one thing today, make sure it’s ‘Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running’.