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Archive for February, 2012

February 28th, 2012

New Truths About Barefoot Running?

New research shows that landing on your forefoot while running makes you nearly 2.5% more efficient and can reduce injuries by up to 50%.

I spend a lot time writing about running shoes. I’m not what you’d call a “big fan” of the modern, traditional shoe. Even though I am not a barefoot runner (I prefer a minimalist shoe without a heel lift), people who run barefoot usually run with proper form. Not always, but most of the time they have to by necessity. I truly believe people who heel strike are just begging to get injured, and if you heel strike in your bare feet – let me just call a doctor for you right now.

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February 24th, 2012

Common Running Injuries: Shin Splints

This is the first post in a series of articles about common running injuries. These articles are purposely broad and intended for your education. Do not use this information as a substitute for doctor’s advice or a professional medical opinion. To see the entire series, click here.

In this article we will learn about shin splints – what they are, how you get them, and what to do about them. It’s one of those loosely defined injuries that can become chronic and really sneak up on you if you’re not careful. Let’s begin.

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February 21st, 2012

Exciting Announcement: Common Injuries Series!

I’m excited to announce that starting soon, Sleek Running will be starting a new series of articles profiling common running injuries! People get injured all the time and don’t realize until it’s too late. Hopefully, by taking a look at these posts, you’ll be able to quickly determine whether you are just a little bit sore or if you need to see a doctor.

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February 17th, 2012

Why Most Runners Heel Strike

Most runners heel strike. It’s not good for them.

But, there is some good news. It’s not their fault.

Do you know why?

Still don’t know?  Take a look at your shoes.  That’s right.  Most of the time, shoes are responsible.

You’re Trying to Tell Me That Shoes Are Responsible For Heel Striking?


And You’re Also Trying to Tell Me That Heel Striking is Bad


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February 14th, 2012

Why Running Form is So Important

All I keep talking about is why running form is so important and how it prevents injuries. I’d like to give some background on why I feel so strongly about this and give you some specific ways that it can help you.

Having good running form can benefit you in all sorts of ways. It can help you run faster while exerting less effort. It can help you run at your current pace and become much more efficient, using less energy so you can go farther. But most importantly, having good running form helps you prevent injuries.

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