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World renowned ultramarathon champion, power vegan, running coach, physical therapist, passionate plant-based cook, and star of NY Times bestseller "Born To Run".. FaceBook Page.
Scott on barefoot running:
· Gave a disclaimer prior to talking about barefoot running- he works for a running store and is sponsored by Brooks.
· He believes it is an excellent training tool to teach form and technique.
· He also believes it should be done with caution. He expressed some concern about the explosion of popularity of barefoot running because people were doing too much too soon.
· Didn’t think it was good for trail racing (at least for the really fast runners) due to rugged terrain. When he talked about his race pace, I agree with him. J
· The Tarahumara had no interest in VFFs or barefoot running.
· Helps build proprioception (position of feet in relation to body… think balance) skills
Scott on modern running shoes
· The build-up of soles is bad, more minimal shoe is ideal because it places the foot closer to the ground, less chance of injury.
· Sees shoe companies making a transition to minimalist philosophy in the very near future (mostly in response to barefoot/VFF phenomenon)
· Talked about the need for muscles being used for cushioning, not shoes (in response to question regarding his thoughts on “spring” technology in shoes).
Scott on Form/ Injuries
· Mentioned research that indicated 90 strides/minute good, 95 strides best… most runners stride too slow, causes over-striding.
· Midfoot strike is superior (though he did use a heel strike on occasion on the run)
· Run relaxed
· Weight training is essential- running does not strengthen muscles (he’s a physical therapist), cause of many injuries
· When rehabbing injuries, we should continue doing exercises after recovered as a means of preventing future injuriesMore....http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/runner-communities/barefoot-running/scott-jurek-talks-tarahumara-ultrarunning-barefoot-running-other-random-topics-report
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