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Site Redesign

Sep 5, 2010 | No Comments

Please be patient as I redesign the site.  i anticipate the new format being completed by Monday evening.  Thank you!


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Ken Bob Grand Rapids Workshop Pictures

Jun 27, 2010 | 5 Comments

Ken Bob held a workshop in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon… here are some pictures:

Details will be added shortly!

Also- congrats to the Western States Runners… both Roes and Krupicka finished under Jurek’s course record!

Seaway 15K Results, Ken Bob Clinic This Afternoon, and Following Western States

Jun 26, 2010 | One Comment

The Seaway 15K went well.  Finish time was 1:04:58 (36th out of about 340ish.)  Lynette, you’re the book winner!  Email a mailing address to robillardj “at” gmail “dot” com ASAP.  

The race started very well.  I was on pace to easily break my PR of 1:03 and some change.  I was very close to my 5K PR for the first third of this race.  Things were going well until about mile 5 or six.  I could feel four separate hotspots forming […]

Why I Love Barefoot Running

Mar 13, 2010 | 8 Comments

After spending the winter running indoors or suffering with my feet being wrapped in some type of minimalist shoes, I finally got a chance to do a trail run on dirt with Shelly (check out her blog here).  I wouldn’t even classify it as a run.  It was two and a half hours of playing.  The feeling of the trails on my soles was simply euphoric.  Sometimes people ask why I run barefoot.  My first instinct is rattle off […]

Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot’s new EVO- Is this the ultimate minimalist running shoe???

Mar 8, 2010 | 19 Comments

This is a VERY long review. I felt it was necessary to discuss the many facets of this shoe. Many people have asked very specific questions; this review is an attempt to answer all of them.

For those of you that want a condensed version, here you go!


Very good shoe, I would rate it as being slightly better than Vibram’s KSO. The EVO would be a good winter and trail shoe. Ground feel isn’t as good as […]

Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot EVO first impressions and pictures

Mar 6, 2010 | 12 Comments

Terra Plana sent me a pair of their brand-new EVO minimalist running shoes.  My very first impression- this shoe lives up to most of the hype.  While running in this shoe is not as good as running barefoot, it is clearly one of the best minimalist running shoes developed so far.  It is definitely in the same class as my beloved Vibram KSOs.  Over the next few days, I will be thoroughly testing these shoes.  I will also be comparing […]

The Barefoot Running Book… coming soon!

Mar 1, 2010 | One Comment


Stay tuned… it’s almost done!  I’ll post more info soon!

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The Vibram / Top of Foot Pain Connection?

Feb 15, 2010 | 10 Comments

I’ve officially begun my next training cycle.  My goal race- Mind the Ducks 12 Hour in Rochester, NY on May 15th.  Training for this race will require something I have historically avoided- lots of miles on flat, smooth ground.  I love trails… so much so, it’s all I’ve done this winter.  For whatever reason, I decided to go for a long run earl Sunday morning.  I woke up at 3:30 and was out the door by about 4:00.  

The original […]