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Attention All Barefoot and Running Coaches: Join Coach Talk, Change the World

Jun 12, 2012 | One Comment

When a bunch of us founded the barefoot Runners Society a few years ago, we had an idea of offering a “barefoot coach certification.” The idea never really gained traction for a variety of reasons, principally my own laziness.

We recently decided to resurrect the idea, and I volunteered to spearhead the project.

Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “But Jason hates certifications!”

Indeed, I DO hate the idea of certifications. Here’s the […]

A Pissed-Off Response to “Great Races Deserve Great Fields”

Jun 3, 2012 | 7 Comments

Canadian Running Magazine online recently published an article about the participant limit typical in many ultramarathons. The article had two themes- 1) field limits should be increased if the same protected land is used for something like logging, and 2) more of the available slots should be designated for elite ultrarunners.

I completely agree with the first point. If government agencies are limiting fields to protect the environment, don’t lease the land to companies that will […]

Free Running Form and/or Barefoot Coaching, and Clinics in Dallas!

May 31, 2012 | One Comment

Shelly and I are traveling to Dallas this weekend for the Merrell Down and Dirty mud run. We’ll be conducting two clinics as part of packet pickup at the REI Dallas (4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244) at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd. You don’t have to be a race participant to attend the clinics.

If you purchase a pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes, you’ll receive a special […]

2012 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival/ Barefoot Runners Society Meetup

Apr 19, 2012 | One Comment

The 2012 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival is shaping up to be the biggest spring barefoot party in the country!  Last year’s event was awesome- two days of running, meeting other barefoot runners, eating great food, listening to great music, and drinking awesome beer!  It’s one of the few events we attended that immediately became a “must-do” event.

As such, Shelly and I will be there this year.  I talked to Erik Boucher, […]

San Juan Trail 50k and the The Dirtiest Party Ever!

Apr 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

Shelly and I had an eventful weekend.  We ran the San Juan Trail 50k with Shacky and Vanessa, then attended the Los Angeles Down and Dirty mud run.  The travel was tough, but both events were awesome!

The 50k was run in the mountains southeast of Los Angeles.  The run was directed by Baz Hawley.  If you ever have the opportunity to run one of his races, do it!  It was a typical low-key […]

Where is the Running Industry Heading: Ten Observations About the Impact of Barefoot

Apr 10, 2012 | 13 Comments

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to experience multiple facets of the running world, including:

Attending and participating in races (mostly marathons and ultras),
Participating in the planing of races,
Attending running festivals,
Holding clinics for the public and retail sales associates,
Participating in strategic discussions with retailers,
Participating in behind-the-scenes shoe fitting training,
Participating in discussions at the manufacturer and distributor level,
Engaging in conversations with tons of barefoot, minimalist, and maximally-shod runners,
A handful of other experiences within the industry.

Based on […]

Micah True is Missing

Mar 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

[Update- Friday March 30, 8:04am pst]- From Luis Escobar’s Facebook status update:

Friday, 3/30 7:37am Silver City, NM Like so many of you, I consider Micah to be my friend. Those of you who know him know that is enjoys his privacy. I would never do or say anything to disrespect that. On the other hand, he has such a large following and I know that you are all sincerely concern about him. With that in mind, I […]

On Occasion, Let Your Inner Superhero Shine

Mar 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

This last weekend, Shelly and I ran the Rodeo Valley 50k.  It was a “roadtrip” race for us, meaning it would involve traveling and hanging out with our friends Pablo and his wife Kristina, Krista, Jon, Vanessa, and Shacky.  We knew we’d be doing plenty of laughing and probably a fair amount of drinking, so we decided to make the race itself a little more fun.

We ran it in superhero costumes. [photo courtesy Shacky]