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Barefoot Ultramarathon Or Not?

May 21, 2012 | 10 Comments

This upcoming Sunday, I’ll be running the Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival 50 miler. The big decision: Wear shoes or go barefoot?

The case for barefoot:

I’m familiar with the course, and it’s pretty barefoot-friendly.
I’ve covered the distance barefoot before.
The race was voted as the best barefoot event in the US… so I feel compelled to tackle it barefoot.
I have two sizable cuts on my heels from my recent road 25k, and going barefoot would assure the […]

Barefoot Running Philosophy: The Current State of the Mind

May 19, 2012 | 6 Comments

Every once in awhile, I like to consider my current thoughts, opinions, and observations on all things related to barefoot running. My own barefoot philosophy has changed dramatically since I first ditched my foot coffins back in the day. Here’s my latest thoughts:

On Barefoot Running:

Barefoot running is a great way for many people to learn to run in a more efficient manner. If we recognize our brain has the ability to maximize motions to become as […]

Bridging the Gap Between Barefoot Runners and Podiatrists

May 13, 2012 | 23 Comments

Over the last few days, I’ve been engaging in a discussion on the Podiatry Arena, a forum for podiatrists and other health care professionals. I’ve been a lurker there for quite some time, but finally decided to post after a member took one of my posts out of context. After trading some barbs, we seem to have gotten to a point where we may be able to discuss some issues surrounding barefoot and minimalist running.

I’m excited […]

Is Barefoot and Minimalist Running Supported by Research?

May 9, 2012 | 24 Comments

Is barefoot and minimalist shoe running supported by empirical evidence? In other words, do we have science on our side? This is a question that springs up quite often. Barefoot running skeptics ask the question. The barefoot-curious ask the question. Even some of us that have been doing this for awhile ask the question.

The answer is… sort of.

The holy grail of research would be some sort of large, representative-sampled double-blind longitudinal experiment that compared […]

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 […]

Why a Barefoot Runner Will Never Win a Trail Ultra

Apr 9, 2012 | 18 Comments

A barefoot runner will never win a trail ultra*.  Ever.

How could I make such a bold proclamation?

Experience.

Since Shelly and I began traveling, we’ve had the opportunity to run a lot of trails around the country.  During that time, I’ve done a lot of experimentation using heart rate as a measure of effort.  The goal was to make my running form as efficient as possible.  An unintended benefit has been a glimpse at […]

Don’t Get Couch Potato Feet

Apr 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

What are Couch Potato Feet

Couch Potato Feet: Feet that have been chronically immobilized, resulting in excessive weakness of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones of the foot. Couch potato feet are unhealthy, flabby feet that are susceptible to chronic pain and increased chance of injury.

How Do People Get Couch Potato Feet

Couch potato feet are the result of feet that are never given the opportunity to get outside and play. They spend […]

Why Aren’t Minimalist Shoes Minimally-Priced?

Apr 2, 2012 | 19 Comments

This post was inspired by a post on Reddit.  The exact questions posed for discussion were:

1. Why do people spend so much on minimalist shoes? The minimalist shoe with the best groundfeel, most toe freedom, and best value is a $10 pair of water shoes. And…

2. Shouldn’t the price of a minimalist shoe be minimal as well?”

These two questions pop up on occasion.

Question #1, Part 1

People spend so much money on […]