Soft Running Videos

trtreads.org 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.

~julian

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 HRExaminer.com 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.

~julian

Via HRExaminer.com 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.

~julian

Via MacBreak Weekly episode 277 from twit.tv 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). 

Shazam: LyricPlay

Shazam’s LyricPlay on their iPhone and Android app streams music lyrics in time to the song you are listening too. Very cool! It works well and now we just need more lyrics added (they apparently have about 30,000 at present). Great job Shazam! ~julian Via Shazam

Kickball

I was watching my son and his friend at Howard Park recently and took this quick video of a kickball game.

Kickball, originally called “Kick Baseball”, was invented around 1917 by Nicholas C Seuss; Supervisor of Cincinnati Park Playgrounds in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] Around 1920–1921 “Kick Ball” was used by physical education teachers in Public Schools to teach young boys and girls the basics of baseball. Around this time, the ball that was used was a soccer ball or volleyball. It was played by ten to thirty players and the field included a “Neutral Zone”: an area not to be entered until the ball has actually been kicked. There was no pitcher as the ball would be kicked from the home area, which was a 3 ft circle. The ball must pass beyond the 5 foot line. Base-runners could only advance one base on an infield ball. Teams would switch sides only after all team members have kicked. Wikipedia reference for Kickball »