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  • Forget heel vs midfoot striking

    Running form is a very important topic that many runners fail to address.

    A new swimmer or tennis player begins working on their form early on, yet this is something many new and seasoned runners fail to consider.

    While there are so many areas of running form that we can talk about, they can all come down to basically the same root issue - low running cadence.

    Running cadence is how many times per minute your foot strikes the ground. A low cadence (under 170) is very often connected to ...

  • Why & How Cadence is Important

    Lets talk about cadence for a moment.

    This is the term for how many steps you take per minute.

    At RunReal.com, we recommend 180 steps per minute as a benchmark.

    It's easy to determine your current stride rate by counting how many times your right leg touches the ground, in one minute. It is important to know that stride rate will depend on a large variety of factors, mainly terrain and speed.

    Benefits of a higher cadence

    The main benefit of a higher cadence is that it prevents overstriding, or ...

  • Does Pronation Matter?

    You know the drill.

    The shoe salesman watches how you stand, barefoot or in shoes.

    Next you walk back and forth, jog in place, maybe on a treadmill. Barefoot and maybe in your current shoes.

    This ritual has been ingrained into peoples' heads for decades, yet, it may not matter. Or more appropriately, it may matter in that it does not really matter.

    A few studies in the last few years have looked at how shoes prescribed based on a person's foot affects injury rates, and results have been quite ...

  • The specifics of "Run Real"

    Words to RUN REAL by

    I recently received the Spring/Summer 2013 line of SKORA running shoes, and was very excited to see that my favorite brand had taken their already outstanding models one step further. Because of the rejuvenation I felt in these updated shoes, I was inspired to employ their brand motto of "Run Real" to training applications that every runner can follow. Read below to see if you Run Real, and I hope you find these tips valuable to your upcoming spring and summer races!

    R- Run, lots; in order to ...

  • 5 Tenets of Minimalist Footwear

    SKORA Form on the track
    While the hard science indicating minimalist or natural running footwear prevents injuries or improves biomechanics may be lacking, my experience as an athlete and coach clearly shows otherwise. As runners, we often are not as much concerned with the latest news from some sports lab or what fad is presented in the most recent edition of Joggers Weekly as we are with what our training journal tells us, how we feel on our runs, and what our race times are indicating. No controlled experiment can ...

  • Confessions of an overpronator

    SKORA overpronation

    For years I was told something was wrong with me. Not quite right. Not ideal. I visited experts and they made recommendations. I would walk around their office, barefoot, and they would suggest different types of support and fixes. Maybe go into a running store and jump on a treadmill to be video recorded. They would play it back to me in slow motion. Zoom in on my lower legs and show me my faults.

    These experts told me I did something called “over pronation” They grabbed my ankles and ...

  • Transitioning to ‘Real Running’


    What to Expect, What You’ll Feel, How You’ll Respond
    By Peyton Hoyal

    In the past few years, there has been a paradigm shift in the design of running shoes to more minimal cushioning, lower heel heights, and greater flexibility to allow the foot to move in a more natural manner. Most major name brands in the industry seemingly halted all other pursuits once this trend went mainstream to create a minimal line of footwear to accommodate this change of philosophy. As a competitive runner who ...

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