The first week went well. I’m only running about half the mileage needed to stay on pace, but I’m in a building phase at this point. Most of my mileage has been on trails, which is a nice change from my usual winter running. Roads are becoming less tolerable.
I start clinic #2 at the end of this week. I have a much better idea of what and when to cover materials. The clinics would be much easier if it were Read More...
In 2009, I met my long-standing running goal- finishing a 100 mile race. Where do I go from there? Get better at running 100s! I’ve always been a relatively low mileage ultrarunner. Last year, I ran approximately 900-950 miles (145 or so were race mileage.) I’ve also been a certified back-of-the-pack ultrarunner. To improve, I will have to increase my training mileage. To help stay motivated, I plan to run at least a mile every day in 2010. I also Read More...
Well, the western States lottery was held today. I cannot believe how enthralled I was with the selection process. I think I spent two hours glued to my computer screen watching the names being drawn. As luck would have it my name was not called. I can now cross the 2010 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run off my schedule.
This more or less solidifies my 2010 schedule. It should look something like this:
January: No Read More...
The following excerpt is from my barefoot running book- “The Barefoot Running Guide“
A fad is defined as a temporary fashion, notion, or manner of conduct that is enthusiastically followed by a group. Until very recently, barefoot running was an obscure practice followed only by a tiny group of dedicated individuals. Several events have worked to change this. First, the peer-reviewed research began to make headlines as it became increasingly clear that Read More...
The following excerpt is taken from my Barefoot Running Guide.
The following are the principles that guide my philosophy regarding barefoot running. These principles have been developed over time based on my personal experiences, studying the available research, observing other runners, and discussing barefoot running with peers.
Principle One- There is no single right answer. Barefoot running is inherently a very individualistic activity. Each of us will develop our own style and form. Read More...
Since I finished Hallucination, I’ve thought a lot about how new barefoot runners learn. Part of this fascination came from talking with other runners running the Woodstock races. I was shocked at the number of runners that had purchased and began training in Vibrams (the minimalist shoes I wore for the 100 miler). Most of the conversations revolved around them asking me for advice on transitioning to minimalist shoes. I began to realize there was Read More...
I finished my Barefoot Running Guide! This is what is included:
Table of Contents:
Why Barefoot Running?
Learning to Run Barefoot
Jason’s Guiding Principles
Barefoot versus Minimalist- Do I need a “transition shoe”?
Importance of Patience
How to Start: The ‘Lose the Shoes” Plan
The Importance of Experimentation
Developing a Training Plan
The Role of Relaxation
Always Look for the Opportunity To Train (Drills)
Dealing with the “Hecklers”
Developing Speed and/or Distance
Extreme Weather/ Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
My Barefoot Story
Bonus FAQ: How This Journey Has Impacted My Life.
Hallucination Read More...