When we consider the role of intrinsic foot strength two important functions come to mind:
1. Dissipation of ground reaction forces
2. Support of the medial longitudinal arch
Both of which are key to optimal foot mechanics and lower extremity kinematics!
As the minimalist movement continues to gain momentum, this type of foot wear and training must still be augmented with some foot-specific exercises. Certainly there may be decreased ground reaction forces (GRFs) if we alter our running mechanics or foot strike patterns - but no type of closed chain movement is free of all GRFs!
So what can we do?
We can start by integrating exercises that specifically strengthen our foot intrinsics and create a foundation of proper plantar foot strength.
A foggy morning here in Seattle. Seagulls squawking. Strange weirdos in running clothing stumbling in the chill towards the Space Needle like zombies. When most people are still in a food coma from Thanksgiving, some of us have decided that running 26.2 miles on a Sunday morning sounds like a good idea.
I'd heard that the Seattle Marathon was well-run, and so far so good, since the Start is near the Armory, a huge heated food court with clean bathrooms in which to wait (the Armory, not the bathrooms). Plus not one but two places to buy coffee and tea and nibbles. My friend Katherine and I thought we'd be shivering in the cold, but this is nice. We even end up cutting things a bit close because we don't want to leave the warmth until the last minute, but find out that...
Who Needs Shoes? I Just Hiked the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Barefoot!
By Thea Gavin
Hiking Across the Grand Canyon, Barefoot and Smiling All the Way (pictures below).
I’ll begin with a disclaimer—the following notes about my barefoot hike across the Grand Canyon are not meant to sound braggy. (Well, maybe a little. But there’s more to this blog post than just “Hey, aren’t I cool and shoeless as I sashay down North Kaibab Trail.”)
What I did this weekend has probably been done many times before, by people native to the area.
But—as a suburbanite 53-year-old chronically injured running grandma–my hope for the writing that follows is that it will...
Ok, this is the long and the short of it. We have been getting some interesting comments pertaining to the selection of the date for International Barefoot Running Day . This will be the 3rd year running of this ever expanding and very important event.
Earlier in the year we had members expressing their concern about holding it on the first Sunday of May (the 5th)because it conflicts with Cinco de Mayo. So it was suggested to be moved to the second Sunday of May (the 12th) which is Mother's Day. Now with this move we heard an outcry from other members. So this is our dilemma. We obviously cannot please everybody all the time but we...