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The Science of Running with Shoes vs Barefoot(esque)
I've come across this pretty interesting blog post that sites many research articles I have come across in my time in grad school. It talks about research on running shoes and some barefoot running kinematics. I would like to reiterate, just as this article does, that running barefoot in not a panacea to injuries. There is a complex relationship that includes the knees, hips, pelvis, and the trunk therefore one aspect of the body (foot) does not necessarily resolve potential problems with the others. I will elaborate more on that in the next blog posts. Also, research is always in a process of evolution so keep that in mind when reading. I don't typically site other people's work but I thought it did a very good job of explaining the seemingly topic-du-jour in the running world and it included peer reviewed articles to back it up. So click on this link and see if this makes sense to you.
There's a reason I've backpacked over 650 miles in the Alps. They are some of the most accessible yet stunning mountains to wander in, a rare combination to have. It seems like every couple of years I find my way back to France excited to explore a new section of the Alps. After thoroughly exploring the French Alp chain (via GTA, 2011) I was looking for something in a different direction. Perusing the section of "International-Walks" of Cicerone Publishing, The Walker's Haute Route seemed like a perfect fit for a fall trek. This trek was born from the original spring ski-touring Haute Route first completed in 1911. Skipping glacier travel and skis, this takes a backpacker ~180km from the base of Mont Blanc, in the Chamonix Valley, to the iconic Matterhorn, in the Mattertal Valley in Switzerland, over eleven passes and meandering through some of the most stunning 4000 meter peaks the Pennine Alps had to offer. As Kev Reynolds put it: "...a gourmet extr…
I'll start by stating that my preferred backpacking terrain is mountainous. Iceland was a 170 degree turn (the 40 km of the hilly Laugavegur salvaged the final 10 degrees) and I was debating for a while with The Onion if it was something I wanted to commit to. Well, after 40+ emails we made it official and headed over to Reykjavik. Our plan was to follow Jonathan Lay's route he came up with in 2006 and we had Trauma's 30+ detailed maps with us but turned out to be completely useless weight in my pack. After spending a day in the capital mailing re-supply packages via bus to Myvatn, Nyidalur, and Landmannalaguar I took a small propeller plan to Akureyri to meet Onion. After meeting at the bus "terminal" we bussed it to the whale capital of Iceland, Husavik, in the hopes of catching a ride to the "official" starting point of Hraunhafnartangi. I got restless after an hour of failing to get a hitch that would probably take us another day so I convinc…
Hike the long climbs hard, run easy on the flats and downs. That was my strategy heading into my third Angeles Crest 100. I knew I could hike hard and fast uphill all day, thanks to the time spent on my fourth John Muir Trail backpacking trip at the end of June. Running and hiking in the San Juan's of Colorado for 9 days and pacing my friend, Chris Price, at Hardrock 100 didn’t hurt either. Indeed, it helped establish my confidence heading into the 29th edition (my 3rd) of this historic local race. After sleepwalking my way to a 29:45 (my slowest time) finish at the 2014 AC100, the race stomped whatever confidence was left to be able to run these races well. I could come up with a million excuses but the fact was I’ve always experienced big lows that have taken forever to get out of. My belief was that it was simply not taking and digesting enough calories, so I went back to my tried and true method of GU gels and salt pills. Thanks to the book “Waterlogged” by Tim Noakes I…