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Rei Iida completes her section of the Princess Ekiden relay with a fractured leg

Rei Iida, 19 year old participant in the Princess Ekiden long-distance running relay race in Fukoka, Western Japan suffered a serious leg injust 200m before her stage was complete. The intrepid runner continued on, crawling on her knees to complete the section and pass the baton to her companion on the Iwatani Sangyo team.

Top questions barefooters get asked!

Q. What about glass?

A. There is much less glass than you think, besides lots of us use minimalist shoes like Vibram Fivefingers or everyday barefoot shoes like Magical Shoes which have a thin sole.

Q. With no protection or just a thin sole, is it sore when you walk on a twig or stone?

A. It's not sore, but you do feel it. When unshod or with minimalist shoes, after a period of adjustment the nerves in your feet adjust back to normal and your soles aren't as soft so they distribute the force over a wider surface area. That's partly why some people use minimalist shoes before going totally barefoot.

On May 29, 1954, a young chemist named Diane Leather became the first woman to run a mile in under five minutes. For most of her life, Leather’s accomplishments were met with little fanfare. But in later years, the record-setting athlete, who died of a stroke earlier this month at the age of 85, was recognized as a pioneer in the sport and an inspiration to other runners.

Read the full article at Smithsonian magazine

Christopher McDougallBilly Yang interviews Christopher McDougall, American journalist and author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. His 2009 best-selling ethnography sold over three million copies and sparked a movement in minimalist running.

McDougalls engaging storytelling in Born to run traces members of the Tarahumara Indian tribe living in the copper canyons of Mexico. After repeateded running injuries, McDougall marvels at this tribe's ability to run ultra distances (more than 100 miles) at incredible speeds, without suffering the typical running inflicted injuries.

Running legend, Michael Swinton "Bruce" Tulloh, dies aged 82

Famed barefoot runner, world-class athlete, coach and author Bruce Tulloh has passed away at his home in Marlborough on 28th April 2018. Bruce won the European title in the men's 5,000 metres at the 1962 European Championships, set a British six-miles record (27:23.8) in 1966, and was part of the national title winning Portsmouth A.C. team in cross-country and road running in the 1960s amoung many other accolades. He was famous for running barefoot in many of his races, the first non-African to compete without shoes in top-level international races, arguing that the lack of weight on his feet enabled him to accelerate more suddenly.  

Full article with detail at Athletics Weekly


The physiology of stretching

Check out this very informative video explaining the physiology of stretching from Dianna Cowern (AKA Physics Girl) featuring the hyperflexible contortionist Sofie Dossi  and University of Southern California Biomechanist K. Michael Rowley.

Stretching regularly can help your flexibility by changing the water content in your muscles, stem cell differentiation, your sensitivity to the mild pain of gentle stretching, the contract/relax reflex loop from your muscle to your spinal cord, and muscle fibre length. 

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