August 2011 Blog Posts (7)

Improving Your Ultra Distance Speed

The majority of runners training for ultra marathon events lasting 4 hours or longer have no trouble getting in miles or long runs.  This is the most intuitive and specific training that usually occurs.  But many runners will take this to the extreme, running too long and too easy, thinking this will provide drastic improvements in their race performance.  Long training runs are important, but what tends to be missing from ultra runners training repertoire is attacking the neuromuscular…

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Added by Eric Orton on August 29, 2011 at 12:31pm — 9 Comments

First Week

This has been my first week of Running with Eric.  After finishing Born to Run and finding Eric's Run Drills and Technique on Twitter, I have initiated the transition to a fore foot strike.  My calves have been on fire this week but each run has gotten easier and I can feel myself getting stronger.  My ultimate goal in this change is longevity-I want to be able to run into old age.  I love running, especially trail running, and I want to be…

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Added by Brad Dye on August 28, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

WARNING ABOUT TRANSITIONING TOWARDS MINIMALISM BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD





 





“The heel cushions and arch supports within modern shoes have made our feet weaker, the foot has so much support in these shoes that the muscles don’t need to work as much as they would otherwise and have grown weaker … If you transition to barefoot running slowly…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

AN EXPLORATION OF BAREFOOT WALKING AND RUNNING GAIT BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD

As a deep tissue massage therapist, fitness coach, and barefoot running coach, I have treated a number of very common running injuries, such asplantar fasciitis, shin splints, and IT band pain. Over the years, I have noticed that the majority of clients suffering…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Just started...

I run about 20 miles a week and have had all kinds of pain when running, except when running uphill. After reading "Born to Run" and some internet research, I bought the Nike Free 2 shoes and started running with forefoot strike: (ergo, like running uphill) Result: OMG!!! My calves have been burning, but it feels so right. I have another 15 weeks left for my first marathon, need to step up mileage but mentally it feels great!
Cheers, Thomas

Added by Thomas Pothof on August 21, 2011 at 6:26am — No Comments

HEEL STRIKE COMPARED TO FOREFOOT STRIKE GAIT PATTERN AND HOW IT RELATES TO PAIN BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD

As a deep tissue massage therapist and movement coach, I do not solely treat the local area of a client’s complaint; I address the structure of the whole body. I look fordysfunctional fascial tissue and assess the underlying postural movement patterns that cause them. By addressing the underlying problem, proper movement patterns can be developed, preventing pain and injury over a lifetime. Over…
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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 18, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

FREE YOUR FEET BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD

Feet are the foundation of posture.  A strong foot creates the base support structure for a strong healthy body. A weak foot creates an unstable foundation affecting the posture from head to toe. You cannot build a strong stable structure over an unstable foundation. It would be like attempting to build a house on top of sand. Sooner than later the entire structure will collapse.

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 11, 2011 at 6:52am — No Comments

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