Getting Off Grass (A Barefoot Runner Evolves)

I developed a risky addiction this summer: running barefoot on grass. Why risky? Because all sorts of nasty, dangerous things can hide in grass, only to be discovered when you step on them and start bleeding. It’s happened to me twice. So why have I nonetheless been doing it three times a week for the … Read more

The Problem with Posture

The Problem with Posture

I was recently working with a group of middle distance runners and one of them told me he was having trouble “holding his form” when he got tired. He said he would try to keep his good posture but eventually it would fall apart. I explained to him that posture is an irrelevant concept in … Read more

Why Runners Should Not Do Pilates

Why Runners Should Not Do Pilates

Do you believe that, as a runner, you should have a tight core? That the sine qua non of good running form is tightening your core? I’d like to propose a different concept: The essence of good running form is directing force in the simplest possible line from foot through head. Since we have two … Read more

Starting in the Middle

Every time I go out for a run I come back with a blog post written in my head.  But it never seems like the right “first post.”  I feel like I ought to start right if I’m going to start, explaining who I am, what I believe, what background and training form the basis … Read more