What’s the state of minimalism today?

If you've been running for more than a year, you surely know that minimalism was all the rage a few years back. Today? Not so much. In fact, the pendulum seems to have swung pretty far back the other way if you take a good look around. Hokas are everywhere. Brooks has a new "maximalist" shoe coming out called the Transcend. And even Altra … [Read more...]

Altra Zero Drop Intuition 1.5 (review)

Runner's World half marathon

I am admittedly a bit of a hoarder when it comes to minimalist shoes. I've tried most of them now, from the New Balance Minimalist (both road and trail versions), to the Merrell barefoot line, to Skora, and everything in between. Some have worked for me, some have not. When I spent my weekend in Bethlehem, PA, for the Runner's World half … [Read more...]

Runner’s World Half Marathon–my surreal weekend

Shalane Flanagan

The Runner's World Half Marathon weekend--how to fit it all in to one post? I'm not a fan of long, wordy posts. Or of posts meted out over three and four different days for one event. But honestly, this is one time that I've got to break some of my own rules. This was a weekend that exceeded expectations. Thursday night involved … [Read more...]

Not too hard, not too soft, but just right

Just right?

Sometimes I feel like Goldilocks, except that instead of porridge or a chair, I'm on a quest to find the perfect shoes. As you all know, I strive for natural running form, which is a constant work in progress. I mix in a bit of barefoot running with my overall mileage because I think it is always the best form teacher. But I still wear … [Read more...]

The art of the recovery run (and a winner)

When I first started running, I'd always end my week with my long run, then take the next day off. This worked fine, but a few years back I started experimenting with a shorter, very easy run the day after my long runs. This has been routine ever since because I find I get much more out of it than pure rest. Making a run into a good … [Read more...]