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Toe Spring

Foot Health Running Terms Stack and Drop Toe Spring

Toe Spring

A while ago, we mentioned stack and drop and how important they are to minimalist footwear and foot health in general. Today, we'll introduce another term that - depending on the foot wear - is just as important as stack and drop: Toe spring. How does this even work? Toe spring refers to the angle at which the toe of a shoe points upward. Generally speaking, most shoes when placed on a flat surface will have about a 15% angle (industry standard, for now). Some shoes have more, some have less. If you want to see some crazy looking shoes,...

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Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

Product Reviews Ultra Marathons

Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

Bladder packs, bleh. I once won a smaller bladder pack at a smallish 10k some years back. I'd never used one for running or hiking, but it was free so thought why not give it a go. I gave it a good old college try, but it never amounted to anything. While it was nice to have water on the go – this was long before I had heard of running with water on your person – the fit just wasn't right, and I really didn't enjoy wearing it. Soon enough it was relegated to the closet and eventually lost...

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Running Perspective

Our Story Running Advice Ultra Marathons

Running Perspective

Perspective is one of those things that changes. From individual to individual, from subject to subject; our past experiences shift how we view the same things, and running is no different. One thing people say when they learn I ran 100 miles is: "that's a long way." In truth, I suppose it is, but coming into it, I didn't look at it as a long way, but just another event. When I first started running, there was no real fixed distance we would strive to attain during practices. Rather we'd head out with our coach and he'd tell us when...

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The Best Form Perfecting Tool

The Best Form Perfecting Tool

As runners, we are constantly bombarded with new technologies and methods surrounding how to train. We have tech to measure our heart rate, and a training style to go with it (MAF). We also have tech to measure different aspects of our run, from cadence to pronation, to a mess of other things that are beyond the average runner. Heck, we even have power meters for runners! All of these things propose to help us run more efficiently and - as the belief goes - injury free. The problem is, my stride is different than yours, and yours will no...

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Time to Tie

We've received a few questions on how to effectively tie huaraches onto the feet, and to be honest, there is no single way to suit everyone. (Over time, we'll upload some alternative techniques.) Below you'll find a video of how we like to tie our huaraches. We've found that the huaraches stay tight and the heel strap remains higher on the foot and never feels like it is going to slip off. If you any questions or feed back, please let us know either by email, or in the comments below.

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