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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've been idle the past month, running and hiking around 50km per week and not traveling very far from home. It's been a good respite letting my body and mind focus on different things. This past weekend was my final weekend in that mode before the upcoming winter and I wanted a quiet and peaceful trip. I drove up to the Southern Sierra hoping to reach the summit of Mt. Whitney via the Main Trail with a night camping at Trail Camp at 12K ft. I've summit Whitney nine times but never have I camped on the way up the eastside so it was to be a different experience.
There was a death on the Mountaineers Route this past Tuesday and predictably I got the "you might not return" spiel from a ranger at the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center. I started my 2-day backpack at 4pm at the desolate Whitney Portal. I prefer the Mountaineers Route but not knowing the conditions as well as being alone I decided to stick to the easy and mindless trail.
After packing my (very) cold …
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…