Underfoot: Comparing Running Surfaces

Posted by on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

We’ve looked a lot at how your feet can get hurt if you have poor biomechanics, if your shoes are wrong, or if you overtrain. How about what you’re running on, though? Yes, that stuff beneath our feet. We mean you.

People have a variety of reasons for choosing the type of surface they run on. Sometimes they don’t have a choice–all they have is an indoor treadmill, or concrete sidewalks. For those lucky folk who do have a number of running surfaces to choose from, which are the best?

Shoeless Joes: Barefoot Running and Minimalist Shoes

Posted by on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We’ve talked about how to pick out traditional running shoes. However, as you may have noticed, over the last few years there has been a movement towards running barefoot or in “minimalist” running shoes, that is shoes that are extremely thin soled and flat; the idea is to be as close to barefoot as possible while providing a little cover for people who don’t love the idea of being absolutely bare. You’ve probably noticed people wearing minimalist shoes like the Nike Free or the Vibram Five Finger shoe, which has defined toes that make you look like you’re really barefoot, that is if your feet are metallic silver with red accents.

Tough Break: Fractured Navicular Bone

Posted by on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

If you’re a fan of the Boston Red Sox, the news last week that Cody Ross was going on the disabled list with a broken navicular bone was just one more reason to believe this season isn’t meant to be. If you are not a fan of the Red Sox, you may have just laughed. Nothing personal, Cody, you’re just a pawn in the schadenfreude wars. ESPN Fantasy Sports injury expert Stephania Bell wrote that Ross will likely be out for a few months (six weeks to heal, followed by some rehab).

How to Choose Running Shoes: The Three Point Test

Posted by on Monday, May 28th, 2012

“What shoes should I get?”

Unlike most sports, which require equipment (balls, bats, clubs, sticks, pads) or a specific location (court, pool, field, course), running doesn’t require anything. All you need is the great outdoors, your will to run, and a pair of shoes.

Oh, that’s right–the shoes. Which is why the “What shoes should I get?” question is the biggest one most runners deal with (other than, “Is it raining? How hard?”).

A Partner Running Story: Sue and Andrew O’Brien

Posted by on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Today we have an amazing interview with Sue and Andrew O’Brien, also known as Couple on the Run. Together they have run close to 100 marathons, including at one time eight marathons in eight countries in eight weeks! They have lots of great advice for runners, from how to keep your feet healthy to how to prepare for a marathon in a distant location. So let’s get going!

Wheel of (Mis)Fortune: Cycling and Foot Injuries

Posted by on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

There have been so many times in this blog when I have told you, “Look, it’s time to give your feet a break from running. Do something else for a while that won’t pound your feet as much. Try bicycling.” And that is true–biking is a great way to get your workout in while also taking some of the pressure off your feet. Provided you do it right, of course. If you do it wrong, well, guess what? You can injure your feet while biking, too.

What?!! Is nothing safe?!!

Well, yes, plenty of things are safe if you them right. As I said, if you do it wrong you’ll get hurt. So let’s find out what you can do to protect your feet while you train for the Tour De Around the Park and other feats of endurance.

A Runner’s Story: John Korff

Posted by on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Today we have an interview with the amazing John Korff, founder of Korff Enterprises, a sports event and marketing company that organizes large-scale events such as triathlons, marathons, tennis and golf tournaments. He is also currently Director at Large on the United States Tennis Association Board of Directors. John has run over 140 marathons, seven 100-mile races and holds a record in the Empire State Building Run-Up. That’s a lot of running!

Runner’s First Aid Kit: Healing Feet on the Run

Posted by on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

This morning I went out running, thinking my biggest issue would be the sudden flare-up of my metatarsalgia and the light showers possibly turning into a downpour. Instead I ended up trudging home covered in gravel, dirt and blood. The good news is that I wasn’t thinking much about my metatarsalgia anymore.

Uh Oh, I Stubbed My Toe

Posted by on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Ahh, what a beautiful day for a walk! I think I’ll just put on my open-toed sandals and go for a stroll to enjoy this lovely spring day. Why look! A butterfly! Isn’t it–OWWW!! OWWW!! OWWW!!

Gosh darn the Hendersons and their stupid rock garden next to their mailbox. One of those rocks just came up out of nowhere and attacked my little toe. Now I am suffering from excruciating pain because…I Have Stubbed My Toe.

An Athlete’s Story: Joanna Lohman

Posted by on Friday, May 18th, 2012

Today we have a conversation with Joanna Lohman, the great soccer player who starred at Penn State, on the US National team, and in the Women’s Professional Soccer league. She also has found success in the business world, where she is vice-president of Tenant Consulting, a commercial real estate firm in Washington, D.C.

Lohman is a founder, with Lianne Sanderson, of JoLi Academy, an organization that gives girls around the world the opportunity to participate in sports and learn skills that can make them successful in other areas of life.