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Barefoot/Minimalist Shoe Runner Meetup/Party in May

Jan 24, 2010 | No Comments

We’re still in the early planning stages, but our plans for a barefoot runner meetup in Grand Rapids in association with the Fifth Third Riverbank Run on May 8th is coming along nicely.  Our plans thus far- meet up Friday night, run Saturday morning, then meet again after the race.  Details will be forthcoming. 

Here’s our website:

…and our Facebook group:

Our original plan was to try to set a Guinness World Record, but we haven’t heard from […]

Hatin’ on the Barefoot Runners

Jan 23, 2010 | 2 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across a few blog posts and other such articles that are very critical of barefoot and/or minimalist shoe running.  I’m not quite sure if this backlash is the result of threatened livelihoods (as is the case with some running shoe salespeople), an attempt to alleviate cognitive dissonance because they spend copious amounts of money on shoes, or maybe an internalization of the marketing propaganda released by shoe companies. 

The anti-barefoot crowd can be separated […]


Jan 21, 2010 | 3 Comments

Steven Sashen of Boulder, Colorado has opened a company that produces huaraches.  I haven’t tried his specific products, but know several people that have.  They were VERY impressed with the quality of his products.  I’ve run in huaraches before, and can vouch for their effectiveness as a minimalist shoe.  If you have never had the experience, it is very similar to barefoot.  The sandals more or less balance on your foot as it leaves the ground.  Anyway, check him out […]

Rating Minimalist Shoes

Jan 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

Many people ask me about minimalist shoe recommendations. First, I always recommend people learn to run barefoot first, then use minimalist shoes as needed. Keeping that in mind, there are some conditions that warrant shoes (extremem weather, terrain, etc.) With this in mind, I am going to start rating the shoes I encounter based on a rating system I’m using from Barefoot Ted’s Google Group (Ted himself posted this.) Each shoe will be rated on a 1-5 scale for each […]

Barefoot/Minimalist Shoe Running Across America Update

Jan 11, 2010 | No Comments

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 […]

My 2010 plans… run every day and do a virtual barefoot/Vibram run across America!

Jan 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

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 […]

New Barefoot Motto…

Dec 25, 2009 | No Comments

Barefoot Running… because we care about the sweatshop kids.

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Western States

Dec 5, 2009 | One Comment

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 […]