Running

  1. Tips for Running Minimally in the Winter

    Tips for Running Minimally in the Winter

    Does cold weather discourage you from getting your miles in the winter? Follow these tips to stay dry and safe, and to make your icy runs more enjoyable!
  2. Resilience: A Functional Movement Expert on Staying Stronger, Longer

    Resilience: A Functional Movement Expert on Staying Stronger, Longer

    Softstar is proud to feature this guest essay by Jennifer Gwirtz, Mind/Body Professional, Facilitator and Teacher (Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, performance and therapeutic movement). Over her 15+ years of experience, Jennifer has delighted in exploring the relationship between mental and physical balance, particularly at the origin of stability: the foot.  Understanding Resilience: Follow the Bouncing Ball... Resilience has been on my mind a...
  3. New Study Shows Minimal Shoes Increase Leg and Foot Muscles

    New Study Shows Minimal Shoes Increase Leg and Foot Muscles

    A New Study From Harvard and PolyU Reveals Minimalist Shoes Make Your Legs and Feet Stronger, Decrease Chance of Injury The public debate over minimalist shoes has been on a roller coaster for several years now, but perhaps not for much longer. Although minimalist shoes for kids have been popular for several decades (we've made a business of it since 1985), the idea that...
  4. How to Transition to Minimal Shoes (or Barefoot Running)

    How to Transition to Minimal Shoes (or Barefoot Running)

    Switching to minimal shoes can be very liberating... if you do it safely. Although people may still debate over the benefits of minimal shoes and barefoot running, we remain strong advocates for both. So many customers have told us their foot pain disappeared and their cushy orthotics became unnecessary after switching to our barefoot-like shoes, and it's hard to ignore that kind of response. We...
  5. Strong From the Ground Up SWEEPSTAKES: Win a Heart Rate Monitor and RunAmocs!

    Strong From the Ground Up SWEEPSTAKES: Win a Heart Rate Monitor and RunAmocs!

    Did you (like us) overload on cookies this holiday season? Feeling a bit sluggish after marathoning the complete Star Wars saga last week? Are you entering the new year with resolutions to get active and undo some fruitcake damage? We know the feeling, and we want to help you bring out your best. Before you drop hundreds of dollars on...
  6. 8 Benefits of Walking and Running Barefoot on Sand

    8 Benefits of Walking and Running Barefoot on Sand

    Who wouldn't enjoy a barefoot stroll along a sandy beach? Even the thought of such a pleasurable outing will infect some people with a daydreaming sigh. It's no secret that going barefoot on sand has its appeal, but did you know it also has many health benefits? If you think wandering down a beach is time wasted, then guess again...
  7. Work Hard, Play Harder…Run Hardest?

    Work Hard, Play Harder…Run Hardest?

    Why rarajipari just might push ultrarunning to the next level.  I sincerely enjoy running. Not ultra-running mind you, but I regularly log 8 miles before heading to work in the mornings and those miles are often the most serene part of my day. Corvallis, Oregon is a beautiful little city by any standards, and I truly believe that the best...

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