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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 […]

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 […]

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?


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 […]

Barefoot Runners Society Update and West Coast Tour

Feb 25, 2012 | 14 Comments

Here’s an update on the state of the Barefoot Runners Society.  The team that has been managing the site and organization are in the process of setting up the new site.  There are two significant hurdles:

The old hosting software (Drupal) sucked, which was a frequent complaint.  Unfortunately it is difficult to move anything from Drupal (further demonstrating its suckiness quotient).  It was important to everyone to preserve all member forum and blog posts.  I was originally in favor […]

Wannabe Elite Road Runners are Nauseating

Feb 24, 2012 | 11 Comments

You know the type. You find them at the local 5ks and marathons lined up at the front of the pack wearing a brand new foot coffins and a singlet advertising a company they wish would sponsor them.  They scoff at the idea of people running for enjoyment and believe you have no business being out there if you’re not going to place in the top ten.

They post all their race PR’s in the signature lines […]

A Sampling of Our Ultramarathon Crosstraining

Feb 18, 2012 | 13 Comments

Here’s a video of the type of training Shelly and I do.  A I’ve mentioned before, most of our workouts are inspired by Crossfit and Kemme Fitness.




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Don’t Let People Convince You You’re Not Good Enough

Jan 22, 2012 | 30 Comments

[Edit- this post was based on the idea that our society routinely limits our potential by setting up roadblocks.  Sometimes those roadblocks are institutional in nature.  Sometimes the roadblocks come from other people.  I use a comment on another post by Rob Youngren as an example of the latter, but it wasn’t meant to seriously diminish my ‘ultramarathon book’ idea.  I unfairly characterize Rob’s comment for the purposes of making a point as I’m using it as a […]