Soft Running Videos has a slew of curated videos showing you natural running form. It also shows the heel striking that is common to wearers of billowy running and walking shoes.

Also known as barefoot running, minimalist running, Chi running and many more terms, the bottom line with this running form is supposed to equal less injury. Some even say this kind of form will lead to faster times like former elite marathon runner and now elite marathon coach Alberto Salazar.

Think about how you run if you have to traverse a pebbled driveway and you’re barefoot. You don’t heel strike like you would in a pair of pillow soft running shoes. You land on the front pad of your foot. You run softly. There’s mounting evidence that this method of landing causes less injury because it uses the natural shock absorption of your muscles (especially your calfs) instead of sending jarring shock through your entire body and joint system (think feet, ankles, knees, hips back).

One important part of the transition from heel striking running to natural running is to make sure you have good form. It takes a while to shake old habits. Natural running is also hell on your calfs at first. It takes a slow build up of use and strength before your calf muscles will stop crying out in pain from your barefoot runs. One way to aid you in building good form is to use what’s called the 100-up.


Via NYTimes Article The Once and Future Way to Run by Born to Run author Christopher McDougall

The Transformation of Aspiration

I just read John Sumser’s HRCarnival: Forecast Edition on and this video closed out his article. 

It’s a video from ad agency Leo Burnett that could interest anyone but is particularly useful for seeing the big socioeconomic change running through our society and culture. Themes from this years’ headlines feature prominently, including Occupy Wall Street, Smartphone usage and the rise of daily deals.


Via and Leo Burnett’s Humankind series

iOS 5 and Mac Tips

iOS 5

Try the Lumin app for $1.99 to light and magnify small print or items – even take a photo if you need to reference it again. Recommended by Andy Ihnatko on MacBreak Weekly 277 Dec. 13, 2011

Take a photo on your iOS device with your wired microphone volume button. Amazing! Think of how this can improve all those long arm self portraits!!!! Hat tip Alex Lindsay of Pixelcorps. Except I can’t get it to work. Ahhhhhhhhh! [stay tuned, I’ll get it working]

TextMate 2 – The Dream

Attention web writers, code monkeys and and fans of automated workflows: Textmate 2.0 is here (albeit only in buggy Alpha form). And only available if you have an existing Textmate license.


Via MacBreak Weekly episode 277 from December 13, 2011 edition

UPDATE for the tip where you can take pictures with iPhone headset volume button. This wasn’t working for me while I had my Bluetooth headset paired with my iPhone. When I turned off Bluetooth it worked. Use the volume up button. I’ve read that this method of snapping photos actually works with some Bluetooth headsets. I can tell you that my Plantronics Voyager Pro+ doesn’t work (and goes a step further to conflict with the feature on your wired headset). 

Skilled Optimism

What is the central skill of optimism? It may not be what you think.

Does positive self talk make you want to puke?

Yeah, me too. But that hasn’t stopped me from trying to summon my inner Stuart Smalley on many occasions. Each one has left me feeling ill.

But there’s good news here for you regardless of whether you’re a glass half full or glass half empty kind of person.

Dr. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association and author of Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism writes that positive thinking and self talk is best used to quiet your inner critic.

“We have found over the years that positive statements you make to yourself have little if any effect. What is crucial is what you think when you fail, using the power of non-negative thinking. Changing the destructive things you say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals all of us is the central skill of optimism.”

A few months back I did a mental inventory on my own thinking and practices and found that my negative self talk had seized the bully pulpit! Since they I’ve enjoyed greater peace of mind by quieting my inner critic and stopping what Seligman refers to as catastropic thinking. I’ve also been able to acknowledge in my own way the things I’ve done right. What’s amazed me the most about the difference this has made is the striking speed of change that these internal shifts are having.

What say you? Are you optimistic by nature or have you found certain ways to embrace optimism?

Seek. Practice. Integrate. Share.

It’s not all about you

Today I remembered. It’s not all about me. 


Kinda thought that it was important to put this out there before I drifted off into the dream land.

Progress perhaps.


Come Alive

Shannon, my love, gave me an audio book chapter to listen to from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love. It is chapter 17 on her depression. I listened to chapters 17 through 20 on my walk with my dogs this morning along the South Flagler Intracoastal waterway here in West Palm Beach. She made some observations that I connected with and others there are not of my experience. I enjoyed her words none the less.

A few minutes later I set out on my run, a practice I’ve mostly given up from the physical pain it causes my two ruptured or herniated discs in my neck. Despite this pain my running has been calling me back lately. It is an undeniable part of me.

I just returned from that run on this hot summer day in South Florida. It is July 27, 2008. I listened to the Foo Fighters song Come Alive, off their latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. I played that song for the 45 minutes of my run. It is a song about finding yourself through the help of love, in the form of an outside agent – a person, a lover, an angel.

I have remembered that I love running not because of the runner’s high, but because it is the only place outside of music where I find great insight. This run was more insightful than most.

I realized that I have a life long addiction to materialism. By materialism I mean an outright reliance and addiciton to the outside world. This manifests most strongly in a desire for things and food which leads to trouble with money, weight, and spiritual health. These are the major symptoms of my addiction to materialism.

I realized I must let go of that addiction if I am to become whole.

I realized that I already have everything I need to become whole.

This includes a memory of love and compassion for myself, my love for Shannon, my children, my family, and my friends.

This includes belief.

I realized for me now, in this time, in this place, that what I am searching for cannot be sought. It will only present itself through great listening in mind, body, and spirit. I have reached the place where listening must eschew searching. This is my mantra now. ‘It’ is already here. ‘It’ will be realized, not discovered. ‘It’ will come, or ‘It’ won’t. I accept this.

I realized that my whole life I have slayed my addiction and my depression with a sword. I have killed it over and over. I have fought bravely. I have fought with honor. But I cannot win this way. I have known this for a number of years. I put down my sword.  It has left me defenseless. I have been killed over and over by my demons in this time. They have rejoiced in dancing on my spilled innards as I have lay bleeding and dying. They have cackled in delight at my death for taking so many of them with my sword.

I fight a compulsion to pick up my sword and kill them all. To vanquish them. But I know now that once the last of the demons falls to the floor, new ones will enter the room from doorways in the shadows that I have envisioned. I cannot rid these demons with my sword. I must heal myself. I must listen to what these demons are trying to teach me. I must stop fighting ‘it’.

Today, I relinquish my materialism.

My Friend Ami – part time lifestreaming

I was having a nice chat with my good friend Ami just yesterday. We covered a lot of topics as we typically do from social mores, business, social networking, media, philosophy, blogs, web development, family, psychology, and I think a couple of others.

I was explaining that I get overwhelmed by blogging because I have so many blogs. Hard to keep up with them all and I don’t! He told me he had an answer to that and directed me to this new site It’s an Ami Portal page of sorts – an aggregation of everthing Ami online. Like me, Ami has a lot of online presence to manage and he found that using blogger (Google’s off the shelf and ever so popular and easy to use blog tool) along with a leveraged use of RSS feeds has delivered him unto us. Perfect.

I’ve had this exact idea in my head for at least a year now. I already own my own name as a url and I would aggregate content on my name for all my different properties. Of course I would have to launch another blog and then find a good wordpress tool to accept all the feeds. I know they’re out there I just don’t use them and so don’ t know their names. The idea is that if I was to aggregate my blogs you would see that I actually DO update my personal blog pretty frequently. My other blogs run in spurts. BUT, if I (and you) knew without having to check that there was activity on my other blogs I would find it easier to stick with my other blogs (because I do REALLY like posting to them all). I could have one blog about everything and this is a perfectly good solution but it doesn’t work for people who find blogs because of a specific interest. I would have the satisfaction of seeing the efforts of my work in one place.

Rather than wank on with all the technical stuff as I am want to do Ami just used blogger and he’s done. Rather nice that. I imagine it didn’t take him long to do it either. He accomplished everything I want to do and he’s already done. I think that’s just fantastic. That’s the power of using off-the-shelf web apps and not worrying yourself over silly things like custom urls which don’t really matter in the end anyway. People just need one address – one place, a jumping off point to launch you into everything you are doing online.

Ami, you asked me to drop by your site and I have and I will. I love that I can find out what you’re doing by going to your site EVEN though I already track your every move on Google Reader. I like visiting sites. I will enjoy visiting yours. You have inspired me to get my online life aggregation finished – one way or the other.

And about that web 3.0 definition you wrote about (aka the semantic web.

I like to summarize web 3.0 or the semantic web as the personification of the web. I’m sure I nicked that off someone but if so I couldn’t tell you when or who. I believe that all the amazing underlying technology that is being developed to drive the next generation of the web will and should have only one purpose – to make the web more human – to make the web even more intuitive – to amplify and more accurately represent US – the people.

There you have it, my wank is done for the day.