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Dr. Jack Daniels: Five Questions On Minimalism, an RBR Interview

A RunBlogRun Interview, by Larry Eder

Dr. Jack Daniels is a man who balances the scientific with the anecdotal. A consumate coach, and a man who translates how scientific theory can be practically applied to our daily running, Dr. Daniels coaches athletes with great talent and with great aspirations and normal talent. His thoughtfulness makes him one of the great coaches of our time.

Next Thursday evening, April 14, 2011, from 6-8 P.M.,  in Boston, MA, at the Cyclorama, you will be able to say hello to the good doctor and hear his thoughts on Minimalism and training. This event is sponsored by Saucony
( for more information, please check at the end of this post).  If you are in town, put the event on your schedule.

RBR, # 1. Where do you see Minimalism helping the runner?

Jack Daniels: Some runners may find that they need less footwear support than earlier realized or assumed. Minimalist running shoes allow the muscles and tendons of the foot to move naturally, which can result in increased foot strength and a more natural stride.

RBR, # 2. Is there a correlation between lightweight running shoes and foot health?

Jack Daniels: Who can determine what good foot health is; is it fewer blisters, fewer cuts and bruises, fewer stress fractures? If by lightweight you mean minimalist, with unstructured engineering and a lower heel to toe drop, then this type of footwear may help strengthen the feet and lower legs. Foot strength is certainly a criterion for healthy feet.
Read the full interview.

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