This past Tuesday, school started. I have spent the week adjusting to the rigors that come at the onset of the school year. This equates to less time available for my running adventures. I do not have time to run or write about running. My days are filled with frantic lesson planning, learning to guide the energy of 140 or so freshmen, and contending with my own children as they readjust to our new schedule.
Running has taken a back seat. I have run 2.2 miles this week. The calling of the trails is strong, but not quite strong enough to overcome the exhaustion of the first week of school. Each year, I forget the “breaking-in” period that occurs as fall approaches. Luckily, I have some exciting plans in the coming weeks. The mental and physical exhaustion of the first week will soon fade as my body adjusts to the new routine and the excitement of running adventures grows.
The Woodstock Trail Running Festival was the site of my first 100 mile finish. I will return this year, but as a crew member and pacer for Jesse Scott. This will be my first foray into the world fo supporting another runner, and I cannot wait!
Not only will I get to support Jesse, but the trip itself promises to be a blast! Shelly and I will be joined by Mark Robillard and possibly many other friends. I have become addicted to the company of our running friends… so much so it is nearly impossible to run without my Hobby Jogger crew. Our road trips pretty much follow the same script- hours of driving and laughing followed by copious amount of alcohol the night before we run, one night of poor sleep, running, then more drinking and laughing. Woodstock promises to be more of the same.
Admittedly, I am slightly nervous about pacing Jesse. He’s fast. Really fast. The tentative 16-17 miles I will run with him will be tough, but I welcome the challenge.
About a month ago, John Durant, a well-known barefoot runner and paleo diet advocate, invited me to take part in the 1st Annual New york City Barefoot Run. It took considerable planning to work out the logistics, but I was finally able to commit. I am extremely excited about this opportunity! Not only will I get to visit New York City for the first time, I will get to run in one of the first and possibly largest barefoot races in the world! Also, I may be leading a clinic the day before the race. Stay tuned for details.
The Barefoot Running Book
I am finally ironing out kinks in my book distribution network. The book is available via Amazon, and the supply will soon meet the demand. I will be revamping the page here at BRU, so the book will also be available directly from me.
In about two weeks, the book should be available in a variety of electronic formats, including Kindle, pdf, and the Sony and iPad-friendly ePub format. I will provide a link as soon as possible.
The book is also available at select retail locations, including ZombieRunner in Palo Alto, CA, Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and The Outpost in Holland Michigan. I am currently looking for 10-15 more retail locations to carry the book. If you have connections to a retail establishment and may be interested in carrying the book, contact me at barefootchronicles “at” gmail “dot” com. I can forward you my wholesale sales information.
You still have a chance to win a copy of the new book… see my previous post!
Finally, I will be posting reviews of two shoes in the near future. I’ve been testing a variety of footwear, including the GoLite Amp Lite and Kigo Edge. I am also planning a review of Terra Plana VivoBarefoot’s new casual and business casual minimalist shoes. I will also continue posting comments about my Sport Kilt and Zensah compression sleeves as both have become part of my standard running attire.
In the near future, I am hoping to to add reviews of new minimalist shoes from two major manufacturers that promise to reshape the market… stay tuned!