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Blogs Worth Reading: Donald Buraglio Contemplates Running Tahoe Rim 100 Miler in Soft-Star Moccasins

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

I get no greater joy that seeing others pushing the envelope in minimalist footwear.  Donald Buraglio, writer of the Running and Rambling blog and co-author of ‘The Running Life‘ (which I reviewed here) is contemplating running the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler in Soft Star moccasins.  These shoes are nearly perfect minimalist shoes.  He describes his decision-making process on his blog.

To the best of my knowledge, there still aren’t too many of us that have completed 100 milers in true minimalist shoes.  I love the fact that Donald, an experienced ultrarunner, is pushing the limits of conventional thought.  As he mentions, most people assume minimalist shoes are adequate for shorter distances, but heavy cushioned shoes are a necessity for 100 milers.

Of course, this is completely false.  Several of us have proven this with very good results. I would go as far as making the claim that minimalist shoes give runners an advantage in 100 milers.  The added ground feel and proprioception help prevent injury, and the added energy savings due to efficiency pays dividends late in the race.

I’m proud of Donald for disregarding the prevailing beliefs and trusting his own body’s capability.

Good luck Donald, you have an entire community cheering you on!


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  1. Steve Schneider
    July 11, 2011

    Cheers! and congrats on finishing your 100 miler. Personally, my running mileage is down this year. 🙁

  2. Brandon Mulnix
    July 11, 2011

    Jason, Donald is a great leader in the minimalist shoe revolution. His blog is very educational on all aspects of minimalist shoes and living. I look forward to his quest to run such a tough race is the Soft Star Shoes.