Gentle Running and Living

by Dr Patrick Salmon, PharmD, PhD

Member of the Barefoot Runners Society

Founding Member of the Tarahumara Spirit   

Be gentle

to yourself

and others!

“Life is hard enough to add extra suffering to it”. We propose here a way to build a stronger, healthier and happier self through gentle running. Then, this “ascetic hedonism” can be translated into several aspects of life, to humbly contribute to a better world.

This page is under constant construction since I update it regularly with feedbacks from my students of all levels (beginners to below-3h-marathoners.

So, come back often for updates

Essential Stretchings, Massages and Precautions while building up the strong lower legs of a Natural Runner

Prevention of injuries during your evolution into a Natural Runner

The Human Foot is a Masterpiece of Evolution

- Leonardo da Vinci -

So if you use it correctly, it is as good as the best running blade with the addition of real-time sensing of the ground and muscle tension adjustments accordingly.

Basic Stretchings to do after each run

The ball of the foot, where you must land smoothly!

Achilles’ tendinitis

Calf Muscle stiffness, soreness and triggers

And finally, for Plantar Fasciatis

And last but not least, enjoy these moments you spend pampering your legs and feet, as you are in the process of gentle construction of a stronger body, and once done properly, you are virtually at zero risk of running injury.

Here is another link to essential stretch exercises for runners