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Pareto Principle… Apply It Everywhere

Sep 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

This is one of the ideas from Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Work Week“.  The Pareto Principle is named after the originator, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto.  The idea is pretty simple… 80% of the outcomes flow from 20% of the causes.  Ferriss gives these as some examples:

80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers,
80% of your happiness comes from 20% of your activities,
80% of your problems come from 20% of your acquaintances, etc.

In the spirit of […]

Life Simplification… Funny How People Don’t Get It

Sep 28, 2010 | 4 Comments

Shelly and I have been on a quest for simplification.  It started quite some time ago, though we did not recognize it as such.  We had accumulated significant debt after having two of our three children.  We had just returned from vacation in the Dominican Republic (paid with credit cards). we came to the stark realization that we were living paycheck to paycheck.  We had no savings.  We had no retirement plan other than our state-run plan for […]

Jesse Scott wins Peace, Love and 50 Miles

Sep 27, 2010 | One Comment

This last Saturday, I had the pleasure of crewing and pacing for Jesse Scott as he won the Peace, Love, and 50 Miles race at the Woodstock Running Festival.  It was a great weekend made even better by Jesse’s win.  I’ll let Jesse tell the story of the race… look for his race report at his “In Search of Solid Ground” blog.  I will mention that he won with a time of […]

Writers Wanted!

Sep 24, 2010 | No Comments

In an effort to expand the scope of the topics presented here at Barefoot Running University, I am opening the floor to guest writers.  If you have a topic related to barefoot running and you love to write, contact me at barefootchronicles “at” gmail “dot” com with a brief proposal.

In other news- Shelly and I will be accompanying Jesse, Sam, and Mark to the Woodstock Trail Running Festival later today.  Shelly is running the […]

New balance Minimus Line… some details

Sep 22, 2010 | No Comments

New balance shared this interview with me. Interesting stuff…

While much of the development of New Balance’s forthcoming NB Minimus footwear line took place inside the Lawrence, Mass., labs, many of the insights that informed the design were gleaned some 1,800 miles to the west, in the hills outside of Boulder, Colo. talked with Senior Designer Chris Wawrousek and Team New Balance ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka, who helped test and develop NB Minimus, about how the pursuit of the ideal […]

Life Simplification

Sep 21, 2010 | One Comment

I’ve been reading Timothy Ferriss’ awesome book “The 4 Hour Work Week“. The book is essentially a road map to creating a lifestyle that allows you to do what excites you. Even before reading the book, I have been slowly moving in that very direction. The book has given me explicit directions and a plan. Here are a few ideas I’m implementing:

Cutting Information

We are constantly flooded with information that has no bearing on our […]

GoLite Amp Lite Review

Sep 15, 2010 | 4 Comments

Shoe Classification: Natural Trainer

Weight: 11.8 ounces (size 11.5 us)

Price: $114 at

GoLite is a company best-known for manufacturing hiking and other outdoor gear.  I was immediately intrigued when I learned they were producing a series of shoes that utilized a zero-drop heel-to-toe differential (the difference in height between the thickness of the sole at the heel versus the front or forefoot area).  A zero-drop sole is a fundamental basic requirement of a shoe that allows runners to run […]

Upcoming Shoe Reviews!

Sep 13, 2010 | 4 Comments

Since school has started, the time I have available for writing has decreased dramatically.  Despite my now-busy schedule, I will soon be posting full reviews for three shoes:

The GoLite Amp Lite:  A traditional trainer with a zero-drop heel that will appeal to runners trying natural running without the desire to go barefoot or minimal;

The Kigo Edge: A beach shoe that may be utilized for running or casual wear;

The Inov-8 X-Talon 190: A trail shoe with a gnarly tread […]