Hey readers! The following video has been floating around the minimalist/barefoot community for the past couple of days and, whether you are new to barefoot/minimalist running or have been at it for a while, it is definitely a must-see. The video, made by Dr. Mark Cucuzella and the folks over at the Natural Running Center, is a great technical overview of proper barefoot form. It also includes tips for fixing common mistakes you may be making and some great ideas for drills to improve your form. I am always incredibly impressed by how effortless and smooth barefoot runners look when they are implementing proper form (also, Dr. Mark’s legs are crazy muscular!), and this video clearly pointed out a few areas that I need to work on so I can be more efficient! Proper form is essential to barefoot/minimalist running, and even though I’ve been a minimalist runner for over 9 months, I still have work to do. Enjoy!
Meagan is a geochemistry research lab manager, runner, Netflix binge-watcher, and Mom to a rescue dog, a bunny, and a human child. She started running in May 2011 and ran her first half marathon in October 2012, followed by her first marathon in October 2013. In July 2018, she joined the triathlon world and completed an Olympic-distance race. After an extended break (pregnancy/maternity leave), she is making a long-overdue return to running and is preparing for a high-elevation half marathon at Crater Lake National Park in August 2020.