Meet our newest barefoot-friendly doctor, Dr. Emily Splichal
Be sure to give her a warm welcome, all! Dr. Emily has the background, education, and experience to help you on your barefoot journey. She will be answering your barefoot and minimalist questions as they relate to your running health in our Ask the Docs forum.
Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist Certification for healh and wellness professionals. With over 11 years in the fitness industry, Dr...
This was my first out-of-town race in over 20 years, so the experience was much more than just one day. Disneyland is about 90 miles from my home in San Diego. The race also occurs on Labor Day weekend, so I didn't have to rush back home after the Sunday race.
I left on Saturday morning for the Race Expo at the Disneyland Hotel, and parked for free in the Downtown Disney parking lot. The expo was huge, but I didn't want to stay long and wear myself out before the race. I noticed lots of people wearing their Cars Land 5K Rally medals from the race that occurred earlier in the morning. 17,000 people were registered for the the Half Marathon, the largest race I've attended in recent years. Bay-to-Breakers was the only larger one back in 1989...
So its my 1 year anniversary for running barefoot. I don't have the exact date, but it was about this time. I started walking barefoot a couple weeks before running, and that was at the end of August of '11. First barefoot run was about this time in September '11. My last shod race was Sept 17 2011, after that race I never ran in cushioned shoes again. That race is fast approaching and I'll see what I can pull off barefoot.
Anyhow to celebrate the event I decided to just go out for a long run on a trail I wanted to run back in my shod days but never imagined I could do the whole thing. Well I did the whole things, and it is a distance record for me currently, breaking the half I did a month ago by a few tenths. Last year, shod, 6 miles was a long run for me and 8 was the most I had ever done. Either of these often left...
Heal Your Injury Faster Than Ever & Learn Natural Injury Prevention
By Steven "Sock Doc" Gangemi
This is Sock Doc’s Four Part Series on the basics of natural injury treatment and natural injury prevention. Whether you’re suffering from an acute or chronic injury or you’re interested in preventing an injury (who isn’t), this is a must-read. You’re going to learn why people get injured and what you should do, or could have done, to heal quickly and prevent future problems. I hope you enjoy it and let’s keep the ice for our cold drinks and not our bodies.