Why is Honda Civic like a butt-toning shoe?

February 14, 2012

Usually I drive barefoot, allowing my feet intimate contact with the pedals. It’s safest. The other day, for no particular reason, I wore shoes as I headed out for some retail therapy. Not stability shoes, not butt-toning shoes, but $6 Wal*Mart aqua shoes. Footwear, nevertheless. Sure enough, as I sat stopped at a red light […]

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Paula Deen has diabetes

January 18, 2012

I didn’t know who Paula Deen was until this morning, but now I know that she has diabetes. Not only that, she’s apparently continued to promote her high-fat diabetes-inducing cooking show for three years since getting her diagnosis! So in addition to making big bucks off the show, she’s making big bucks on the other […]

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Guilt but no shin-splints

January 16, 2012

Last week I had a sports massage at the JCC. I’m not Jewish, but I’ve read The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt, and boy are we similar! But I digress. I asked for a feel-good (rather than good-for-me) massage, but my massage therapist was an actual CMT, so in addition to providing an enjoyable […]

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Magnified balderdash

January 14, 2012

A recent issue of Club Runner magazine, in addition to lots of ads for beefy shoes costing over $100, includes an interview with “The Running Doc” Lewis Maharam. (Indian-sounding name, but I don’t think he is Indian.) Always in the running media, Maharam is quite the minor league celebrity doctor, and the introductory profile claims that runners […]

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No Motherland Without You

January 4, 2012

Had a terrific trip to Korea, where I spent an entire day at the US Air Base in Osan, giving presentations on running barefoot to reduce training injuries. Preparing slides had me pretty stressed the week leading up to the presentation, but the day went fabulously – my hosts were super-friendly, and the (large!) crowd […]

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A new barefoot home

November 24, 2011

Sorry for the radio silence. While the barefoot world has been proceeding apace, under the covers we have been moving this blog to a new home. Finally, we’ve arrived. (With one casualty: all previous comments were lost en route.) Now, design updates, plug-ins, and all matter of wonderful technology will follow to enhance the spread […]

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The foot is a sensate organ!

October 28, 2011

Dr. Irene Davis, PhD, PT (!), knows the human body by the numbers as well as by a therapist’s touch. Her one hour youtube video is a series of analytical home runs, examining barefoot running from every angle, and delivering proof after data-driven proof of the benefits of running unshod. Worried about over-pronation? The higher […]

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Don’t transition with an ankle injury

October 27, 2011

I advocate running barefoot under almost any circumstances. And yet when a friend at the Palo Alto Run Club asked “my ankle is injured – will running barefoot fix it?” I had to reply “Actually …” Many, many runners report that their long list of running injuries cleared up as soon as they took off […]

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Different strokes

October 27, 2011

In quick succession this afternoon I received one rejection (from a company that carries a great deal of shoe advertising), one poor review (from a runner who previously reached out to me – he must have really hated it), and finally one glowingly positive, unsolicited email: “Love the book – can’t stop laughing.” I’m so […]

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Hygiene

October 14, 2011

I gave a wonderfully interactive talk to 23 current and aspiring barefoot runners at Zombie Runner on Tuesday evening. Okay, I hope many of them aspired to barefoot running, though one member of the audience brought up the “hygiene” question with disturbing regularity. Even in his case, I’d like to think I planted a seed […]

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