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Am I A Barefoot Runner? Personality Quiz!!!!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 | 30 Comments

[For entertainment purposes only! 😉  ]

I taught high school psychology for 11 years.  Spending over a decade focusing on human behavior has a benefit: you become adept at assessing personality characteristics.

Since I started barefoot running, I’ve made some interesting observations.  Essentially, almost all barefoot runners show some remarkably similar personality characteristics.

If you ARE a barefoot runner, or are CONSIDERING barefoot running, read through these observations.  See how many fit.  Let’s make a game out of this.  For each “true” statement, give yourself 1 point.  If it is false, give yourself 0 points.  Each one is mostly true or mostly false.  There is no middle; make a choice!

The Barefoot Runner: A Profile

  1. Barefoot runners tend to have a great deal of energy most of the time, but also seem to require times of complete rest.  Depending on when you catch us, we either look like exercise fanatics or couch potatoes.
  2. We seem to crave the attention of an extrovert, but often become introverts in many unfamiliar social situation.
  3. We’re slightly distrustful of most authority figures.
  4. We are both self-confident and filled with painful self-doubt.  We mix thinly-veiled bragging with bouts of questioning our own abilities.  We come off as humble, but sometimes aloof.
  5. We have no problem with gender identity as it is often a subject of our humor.
  6. Same deal with bodily functions, including those of a sexual nature.  😉
  7. Some of our goals are pretty unrealistic, but we secretly wish to pursue them.  People around us, if they knew of the goals, would dismiss them as being unattainable or silly.We have a tendency to be critical of ourselves, though we don’t always express this.
  8. We are capable of profound wisdom, yet we often exhibit a juvenile sense of humor.
  9. Most of us have a hidden talent not too many people know about, and we could probably do great things with that talent.  Fear keeps us from trying.
  10. We are pretty good at compensating for our weaknesses.
  11. We strive for security in our life.
  12. We tend to worry a lot, but we don’t show it.
  13. We sometimes question decisions we’ve made in the past.
  14. We don’t like when other people set limits on us and tend to rebel when it happens.
  15. We’re independent thinkers, which relates to the previous statement.
  16. We rarely reveal our true self to others mostly due to bad past experiences with one or a small number of individuals.
  17. We get bored easily.
  18. We tend to go through a lot of ups and downs, and it is a major cause of stress in our lives.
  19. We are very selective with whom we choose as close friends, but we have many acquaintances.
  20. We are very generous most of the time, but we have a selfish streak that appears once in awhile.  This selfishness causes a lot of guilt.

Okay, add up your score.  How many scored 15 or higher?  If you are reading this, odds are you’re a barefoot runner OR aspiring barefoot runner.  I would expect the vast majority of readers to get a high score.

Post your score in the “comments’ section!  If you enjoyed it, please tweet or share it via Facebook!  🙂


Thanks to Christian Peterson for reviewing the first and second editions of The Barefoot Running Book.  The review can be found here:

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  1. Rollback
    February 13, 2011

    Like reading about myself…19 solid, going to 20 🙂

    Jason, it seems barefooters are more similar, that we think

  2. CourirPiedsNus
    February 12, 2011

    Ah – 17 – wow, I never suspected such a good fit! My barefoot mileage is now greater than my minimalist mileage – just today I ran 11K barefoot, a person record since beginning my conversion in September. Christian in Paris (I think there must be about 5 barefooters in the whole of France!) If you’re in or around Paris, get in touch 😉

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  4. Treeves
    February 12, 2011

    I said yes to 17 of them. In the middle of it I started wondering if this was like one of those fortune teller things, where everyone mostly says yes. But maybe not. I particularly agree with 5, 11, 13, 14 and 17. Fun post, Jason!

  5. Nate
    February 11, 2011

    The only one’s that weren’t “true” were due to the fact that I’m older and don’t give a damn anymore..taken 20 years ago…100%…but you already know that, I think you just profiled me and made up the questions based on my personality. 😀

  6. StaceyLynn
    February 11, 2011

    18 for me.

  7. shel
    February 11, 2011

    only 11. must be why i am a true minimalist runner… my personality is lacking in some area :-/

  8. edh
    February 10, 2011

    18 here. 18.5 really. One was very difficult to decide on and I opted for false because my score was getting too high as it was. 🙂

  9. Christine
    February 10, 2011

    Lots of fun! I scored a 17!

  10. Hank
    February 10, 2011

    Sorry, I can’t help but notice the similarity between this and a daily horoscope.

  11. briderdt
    February 10, 2011

    Funny. I’m not a barefoot runner, and really have no desire to lose my shoes completely. Though the next pair I’m looking at is the Merrell Trail Glove… So I figured I’d just keep score in my head. By the time I got to question 3 I knew I had to write it down. Too bad I can’t count some of them for 2 points, they were so spot on. I got 16/20…

  12. The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy
    February 10, 2011

    Thanks for the blog plug. As expected, I am 20 for 20.

  13. Jesse
    February 10, 2011

    I wasn’t suprised to get a 20/20, but I was suprised that you finally told everybody about your jamaican accent.

  14. Brandon M
    February 10, 2011

    13 but I guess I am not good enough to be a barefootnrunner!

  15. Missy
    February 10, 2011

    Wow, this describes me to a T. I got a score of 19.

  16. Scott
    February 10, 2011

    17/20 Does that mean I can stay?

  17. James
    February 10, 2011

    Nice try, but this is a bit like reading your horoscope. Everything applies to everyone to some degree. Let’s just agree we all like to run barefoot!

    • Jason
      February 10, 2011

      But James, I have a gift! 😉

  18. Tyro
    February 10, 2011

    Are you sure you didn’t write astrological personality profiles, ’cause you’re a great loss to any profession which requires describing essentially everyone 🙂

    • Jason
      February 10, 2011

      Close Tyro, I interned with Ms. Cleo. I still have my Jamaican accent and everything…


  19. Nick
    February 10, 2011

    That quiz is eerily true, Jason. I’m 20/20. What a riot!

  20. David Sutherland
    February 10, 2011

    11? What am I doing on this website? Oh well. May as well slip on my VFFs and head out for a run.

    • Dan Stoner
      February 10, 2011

      Worried you didn’t score high enough? Ha! This is a BAREFOOT quiz. There is a separate quiz for VFF runners. 😉

      • David Sutherland
        February 10, 2011

        I’m only a seasonal (i.e. not winter) barefooter, so I guess I’ll stick to the VFF forum in the meantime…

        • Jason
          February 10, 2011

          David, rest assured, you’d score higher in the BF season. 😉

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  22. Karen
    February 10, 2011

    19/20 here as well. Very interesting that these can be fairly common traits in barefoot runners. Thanks for the kick towards self reflection this morning 😉

  23. Patti
    February 10, 2011

    17-Quite eye-opening…to read “me” in 17 of 20 statements, very entertaining. By the way, I have been running in the Merrell Pace-Love them!! Between the Pace Gloves and rolling a golf ball to relieve my plantar fasciitis, this is the BEST my foot has felt in 4 1/2 months!!

  24. Kent
    February 10, 2011

    Great list 19 points for me. Nearly 20/20!!

  25. Benny Halevy
    February 10, 2011

    That’s an impressive profiling work, Jason.
    I scored 17!