Category Archives: General Barefoot

Two Recently Discovered Resource Websites

Last week, I had a wonderful tea date with a reader who lives in Calgary. Natasha is new to minimal shoes so I brought my collection for her to try some on. It was wonderful watching her excitement and enthusiasm. We shared stories, experiences, and resources. It was great fun and informative for both of us.

Natasha shared with me a website that she enjoys and, after reading quite a few posts myself, I thought I’d share it on the blog for others to enjoy as well:

Katy Bowman writes a blog called Katy Says with the tag line “Alignment Matters!”. She is a biomechanist focused on educating and helping people correct mechanical causes of pelvic floor disorder, bone regeneration, and foot disease. She is a proponent of healthy and strong feet as well as proper body alignment.

Some of my favourite articles of hers include:

She has categories for Feet-N-Footwear and Natural Movement that I particularly liked. She has also published two books and created two videos, which you can find further info about here.

While perusing her blog, I found a link to another helpful blog. Dr. Nick’s Running Blog is written by Dr. Nick Campitelli, a podiatrist with a special interest in helping runners with injuries. I spent a considerable amount of time reading his blog posts on specific running injuries and like that he has categories for plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and knee pain.

Some of the posts I liked include:

Dr. Nick also writes minimalist running shoe reviews as well as a guide to transitioning to running in a minimalist shoe.

Thank you again, Natasha, for a wonderful day and introducing me to some great new blogs.

 

USA Road Trip Pics

My family and I recently went on a month-long road trip to the U.S.A. We went through eight states and two provinces. We saw a lot of cool things and did a lot of fun stuff. I thought I’d share some of our trip in picture format. I’m not generally a fan of my picture being taken but there were some interesting shots of me and my minimalist footwear (and my dogs, too) along the way. For details, you can check out the captions. Enjoy!

Coaching Tour of Ontario & Quebec

Last week I was away on an epic, whirlwind Natural Running Coaching tour of Ontario & Quebec. The trip was awesome and entailed A LOT of talking. I coached staff from VIVOBAREFOOT retailers and minimalist shoe consumers in addition to having LONG conversations about the different offerings on the minimalist footwear market. I was hoarse for a good three days after the trip.

For more details, you can check out my recap at: http://naturalrunningcoaching.com/2012/07/nrc-in-ontario-quebec-recap/.

And here’s a map of the route we took:

More Barefoot Time and Coaching Update

I’ve probably spent more time barefoot in the last two months than I have any other time in my life. The increased barefoot time is absolutely due to the increased time I’ve spent coaching. It’s been a very busy couple of months for coaching events. Natural Running Coaching is sponsoring the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series in Alberta this year so I attended a promo table at the first two races. I’ve held 4 Introduction to Natural Running – Large Group Clinics in the last two months. I’ve personally coached dozens of people through One-on-One or Small Group Coaching and transformed them into Natural Runners. And most recently, attended the Footstock 2012 Race Expo where I shared Natural Running with countless people.

Coaching really has become my passion job and I am grateful every time I get to share Natural Running with anybody willing to learn. And the increased time being barefoot is an extra special added bonus. During Natural Running Coaching, we use being barefoot as a tool to better listen to your body and feel good running form. It’s all about form, however, and not footwear. Once you understand what good running form feels like, it doesn’t matter what you wear on your feet, although shoes that provide as much proprioception as possible definitely help to maintain good form.

Here are some pics from my recent coaching endeavours:

Me at the 5 Peaks Northern Alberta Series Terwillegar Race

 

Walking practice at a Small Group Coaching Session in Canmore, Alberta

 

Squatting practice in Canmore
Jumping practice in Canmore
A coaching client’s BEFORE picture
And AFTER picture
Me at the Footstock 2012 Race Expo (with the NRC TV Extraordinaire)

In case my blogging frequency decreases further, don’t worry, I’m still here. I’m just enjoying coaching! You can keep updated with NRC adventures at NaturalRunningCoaching.com.

Back at the Track

As all the sidewalks and paths have been icy where I live, I’ve returned to running at the indoor track.

The indoor track at Spray Lake Sawmill Family Sports Centre

To keep it from being too boring, I thought I’d try a variety of shoes and see which ones I like best for indoor track running. I always start out running a few laps barefoot. Then I put on some shoes (and socks if necessary), run a few more laps, switch shoes, and repeat. Below are the pics of the shoes I ran in my last time at the track and some thoughts for each model.

No shoes: best barefoot feel (hehe), not that grippy, felt like I was landing too far laterally on my forefoot (I haven’t figured why that might be), very quiet landing, got quite a few looks from other runners.

VIVOBAREFOOT Lucy Lites: AWESOME track shoes, my preferred shoe for running on the track, excellent grip, felt like I was running super fast, no shock absorption (how I like it), felt like I was landing on the medial forefoot more easily than barefoot, not as quiet as barefoot, love the uniformity of the outsole, ADORE the width, no need for socks with their super soft inside, kind of hot even without socks.

New Balance Minimus Trail Zero: despite their being designed for trails, I like them for indoor track running because of their excellent flexibility, a little high in the stack height, outsole absorbs some impact making for a cushy run (which I don’t particularly enjoy, I like no shock absorption whatsoever), love the width, need socks because the inside is kind of rough, good ventilation, not too loud on the track (in terms of sound but not colour).

Soft Star Moc3: soft inside, great width, really loud slappy sound, good ventilation, decent grip, surprisingly uncomfortably cushy on the track.

Vibram FiveFingers Performa Jane: great grip, very quiet, quite comfortable upper, no shock absorption, but I can feel the edges of the pods underfoot which is kind of distracting.

Switching shoes is a great way to make an indoor run more fun. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to do that. Winter makes me miss some of my great barefoot alternative or minimalist shoes so indoor running lets me wear them for a while. At least until Spring arrives. :)