Natural Running The Newton Way

I have spent the last year studying minimalist running and proper running form, which I have written about previously, after making a transition into this more natural form of running. In the past, I suffered from terrible shin splints and always ended up with sore hips and legs after running. So I made some changes described in Ken Mierke’s book about Evolution Running and everything seemed sweet. The first months were the best running I’ve had for ages, but it was not to last. And it is only recently, during a long break from the road due to injury, that I finally found another book which helped, called Natural Running by Danny Abshire, co-founder of the Newton Running Shoe Company.

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Should I Transition To Minimalist Running Shoes

Recently, many people have moved away from the traditional to more minimalist running shoes. Both types require a different pattern of movement, with the traditional shoes having padded heels to absorb shock during heel strike whereas the minimalist shoes have flatter profiles, far less cushioning, and they require the runner to perform a midfoot or forefoot strike. Arguably, this latter style is more efficient as there is less braking and vertical oscillation. One of the problems is that people who made the switch to ‘natural’ running tend to be worse than reformed smokers, and constantly berate others for continuing to heel strike. So: should you make the transition to minimalist running shoes?

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Stay Safe At Night With Reflective Running Gear

A busy schedule at work can often leave you wondering when to go for a run, and it is an easy option just to not bother at all, especially when the winter arrives and the days are short. But to keep a grip on your levels of fitness all year round, it is best to equip yourself with a few items that will enable you do exercise at night. Just like one of my previous articles about winter running gear, it pays dividends to buy some reflective running gear also. This post will give you some ideas, many of them very cheap to implement, which should make sure you are safe and seen while out running at night.

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Winter Running Gear – Get Layered In The Cold

Amid the rumors that 2011 gave us the coldest summer in 20 years here in the UK, and with September now here, it is time to think about plans for the winter running season. It is always tempting to taper off through October and then take months off when the weather gets bad, only to return to running in February. The other alternative is to get yourself on the treadmill, but let’s face it, running on treadmills can be a serious bore. The answer is to start gathering a good set of winter running gear so you can keep on going, whatever the weather, wherever you happen to live.

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Charting Your Progress With Running Route Planner Mapmyrun

One of the most important details to consider when you start running is your route. For many, this is something which is done once and then the same trail is followed every time. However, this can cause problems, not least of which is the potential for injury, but there can also be the weighty problem of boredom. For people new to running, it can often be the boredom that provides the excuse to stop exercising altogether. In order to avoid all this stress, and keep your jogs fresh and new, it is a great idea to have several routes planned out. To do this properly – and almost effortlessly – I use an online running route planner called Map My Run. To give it a try, here’s what you need to do.

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