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How to prevent running injuries, a medical explanation

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running, Minimalist Running Shoes | Posted on 31-05-2012

Finally, a medical explanation for why runners get injured. And, even better, treatment options, a plan to eradicate the true cause of running injuries, and an explanation of why barefoot running is CLEARLY not the answer (if you haven’t figured it out by now, this is a joke).

Check out what esteemed research scientist and physician, Dr. Musculoskeletal has to say about a condition that affects over 99% of all runners, and over 99.1% of all humans. It’s a silent epidemic that clearly must be addressed. And with your help and support, we can find a cure for this crippling disease. I’m hoping that Dr. Musculoskeletal quickly establishes a foundation, a clinic, and a non-profit research facility so that we can, once and for all, eliminate the condition he calls “Congenital Short Hard Heel Syndrome.”

It wasn’t until I saw this video that I realized I suffer from the condition. And with no known cure at the moment, my only option is to adopt an unusual forefoot-strike gait when I run. Sure, doing so has eliminated my various running injuries, and helped me develop arches in my life-long flat feet, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that millions, perhaps billions of children are born with this condition… and nobody is doing anything to prevent it.

Let’s start now.

Eddie Izzard to run 27 Barefoot Marathons in Africa

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running | Posted on 11-05-2012

Eddie Izzard to run 27 marathons in 27 days in AfricaYou may know him as COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard, or ACTOR Eddie Izzard.

But Eddie is also an impressive ultra-runner.

Eddie previously ran at least 27 miles a day, 6 days a week, for 7 weeks to raise money for Sport Relief.

Eddie Izzard running marathonsNow, Eddie is planning to run 27 marathons in 27 days in Africa to honor Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in jail. And he plans to run them barefoot or in minimalist shoes!

They’ll be making a documentary about this and, not surprisingly, I think he should be wearing Invisible Shoes… but not just because I’d like the PR, or because I’d love to hang out with Eddie (both of which are true).

I think they’re the perfect shoe for him, of course, since they are:

  • The lightest footwear he’ll find
  • Can handle water better than any other
  • Don’t smell
  • Have our 5,000 mile warranty
  • Can be repaired, if necessary (but unlikely), with easy to find local tools and products
  • Have the best barefoot feel

But, more importantly, Invisible Shoes are based on an OLD idea… one that you see in Africa. And, ironically, Africa is one place in the world that’s suffering from diseases that people pick up from walking barefoot.

So, my fantasy is that Eddie can supply Invisible Shoes to the villages he runs through. And more than just give away shoes, show them how they can use them and… hey, get creative and come up with other uses, beyond footwear!

I can imagine a number of ways that a high-tech rubber sole could have other purposes… and some comedic ones as well (can you say bra and jockstrap?).

If you think Eddie should be using Invisible Shoes in Africa, let him know — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eddieizzard  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eddieizzard