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Disclaimer- please read prior to attempting barefoot running

The material contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The author and anyone else affiliated with the creation or distribution of this information may not be held liable for damages or injuries of any kind allegedly caused or resulting from the use of this material. Before beginning this, or any type of exercise program, it is recommended that you consult with your physician for authorization and clearance.  The information contained herein is not intended to, and never should, substitute for the necessity of seeking the advice of a qualified medical professional.  Furthermore, if you have any medical condition that affects the tactile sensations or blood flow to your feet or legs (diabetes, neuropathy, etc.), you should not attempt barefoot running.  It is my sincere desire to provide information that enhances your running experience and allows you to reach your potential.  This will only happen if you stay healthy, injury free and use common sense.

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  1. Henry svendblad | Jazminandhesam
    April 1, 2012

    [...] Barefoot Running University » DisclaimerLast Thanksgiving I visited a childhood friend – Henry Svendblad – who currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ. He is not only a barefoot running enthusiast; he eats … Address: http://jazminandhesam.shikshik.org/2012/04/02/henry-svendblad/ « Jackson dx10 Nuns shoes » Trackbackno comment untill now [...]

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  2. Luisger Lopez
    July 26, 2011

    Hi Jason, this is Luisger Lopez saying hello from Bogota, Colombia! Last Thanksgiving I visited a childhood friend – Henry Svendblad – who currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ. He is not only a barefoot running enthusiast; he eats paleo and does Yoga with his wife. So he is now my *guide* when it comes to everything running, and everything fitness (although it was I who introduced him to MountainBiking – we rode for 4 days in Sedona on new bikes). Anyhow – he has been selling me the idea of Barefoot Running (BR) for 6+ months now, and since I am a new runner myself, it is only now that I am beginning to *understand* what BR is all about. So this is what I did: I had a 2-week vacation between 7/1 – 7/15 in Paris, where my nephews & sister currently live. So I took hard-sole, leather sandals with me and started to walk all day long around Paris in them. Every other day I’d run 6-8KM in my Asics Gel Nimbus 12, which an orthopedist recommended for me (he said I am an underpronator!) But since I was well into finishing McDougall’s BORN TO RUN, I was trying to transition into BR. So aside from the sandal-walks I tried to walk barefoot every chance I had. And do jumps from small surfaces onto the floor. Stuff like that. Then I saw these cheap-ass $15 sneakers that had a completely flat black sole (they were intended for people to buy inner-soles and *then* use them). So I said – PERFECT!! And I went for my first 4KM run at a park called Luxembourg – it had dirt roads mostly and seemed to be a runners haven. I felt weird, not that fast, but it was OK. I was sockless. Then I finished off with 4 100-yard sprints on GRASS, right in the park. So that was my official first BR. I was a bit scared, nevertheless, as to not hurt myself until I bought Merrell minimalist shoes, which Henry had recommended. But then I visited VERSAILLES….(the castle). Louis XIV, The Sun King, had envisioned and created the most outrageous gardens anyone can fathom. I was so taken by it, that I *skipped visiting the inside of the castle* (my mother & sister almost killed me!), and decided to RUN BAREFOOT around the entire perimeter of the front-garden!!!! It was a thing of beauty, let me tell you – I ran 100% barefoot on grass, with my nephews trailing behind me, if you give me an e-mail I can send you the satelite photo that my Adidas micoach.com APP produced on my BlackBerry. So…now in Bogota and training for a half-marathon this Sunday (Geoffrey Mutai, the Boston Marathon 2011 winner & unofficial record holder will participate), but still on my “mounstruos” ASICS Gel Nimbus 12 to quote Henry. I just got my first GARMIN F60 watch and am loving the progress, etc. – but still DESPERATE that I don’t have my Merrell’s. Now I plan to wait for the ROAD GLOVES you mention, and still feeling that it would not be “safe” to run in the shitty 10Euro shoes I mentioned before. I hope I am not boring you but this is just so exciting, having discovered BR…and – OH – I haven’t mentioned – I am officially training for LEADVILLE 100 TRAIL RUN for 2013!!!! That of course gives me 2 full years to learn how to RUN BAREFOOT, prepare mentally, the works. Anyhow, that’s my “short hello” from Bogota – and I read you on the phone stuff and the BEER!!!!! Maybe we’ll get to run one day together and then have a nice cold one!!!! Cheers, lg.

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