How do I transition to Barefoot/Minimalistic Running?

Hello Everyone, in case you missed my seminar last night at Berkeley Running Company I wanted to provide you with some of the highlights I covered.  I can’t cover everything here, I know you are busy, but wanted to mention some of the key take aways.  First I want to thank Merrell Running for sponsoring the seminar and providing some great door prizes including a free pair of the Trail Glove, Merrell’s minimalist trail running shoe you see pictured here.  It was the first time I tried on the shoe, it has a 0 deg drop, so there is no lift in the heel.  Since my foot is so use to a slight heel lift, it actually felt like my heels were lower than my toes, goes to show you how accustomed my foot is to the traditional running shoe.  Now let’s get to the meat.

What is Barefoot/Minimalistic Running?

Running in a shoe that provides minimal support and cushion which allows for free movement of the muscles, tendons, and bones of the foot.

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Top 5 Questions Runners Ask Me

As a coach you can imagine I get asked a lot of Q’s by not only the runner’s I coach but by various runners I run into on a daily basis. Here are the top questions and how I respond.

Question: What kind of shoes do you recommend?

Answer:  I would recommend what ever shoes works best for you.  Most of the major brands all have great quality shoes, you just need to find the one that works best and feels the best for you. All of the major brands, Nike, Asics, Brooks, Adidas, New Balance, to name a few have a variety of shoes that offer a variety of different widths, support, weights, and lasts.  The last is the shape of the shoe, each brand has a little different last, which can mean the difference between a shoes fitting your foot right and not.  As far as the amount of support, this too is individual, generally speaking , lighter, efficient runners can get a way with less of a shoe and heavier runners need more support.  Not always the case, but most of the time.  it is good to have a variety of shoe types (i.e. heavier trainer, lightweight trainer, and a racing flat) to accommodate the different types of training and racing you will do.  If you are a casual runner, just a general trainer will work best for you.

Question: How long should I train for a marathon?

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