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Is barefoot running a "fad"?

Dec 2, 2009 | 2 Comments

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 […]

The Foundation of Learning to Run Barefoot

Nov 25, 2009 | One Comment

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. […]

Teaching Barefoot Running

Nov 17, 2009 | 4 Comments

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 […]

The Barefoot Running Guide

Nov 11, 2009 | One Comment

I finished my Barefoot Running Guide! This is what is included:

Table of Contents:

Why Barefoot Running?
Common Terms
Learning to Run Barefoot
Jason’s Guiding Principles
Running Happy
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)
Special Considerations
Dealing with the “Hecklers”
Developing Speed and/or Distance
Extreme Weather/ Conditions
Training Periodization
Frequently Asked Questions
Barefoot Resources
About Jason
My Barefoot Story
Bonus FAQ: How This Journey Has Impacted My Life.
Hallucination […]

The Off-season

Oct 25, 2009 | No Comments

It has been about a month since Hallucination. The weather is getting colder. The days are getting shorter. My motivation to run is waning with each passing day. Each year, I seem to go through what can best be described as psychological burn-out. Each year, I try different strategies to combat it. This year, I think I am going to resign myself to the fact that I need some time off from running. […]

Recapturing Distance and Speed: Hope for the new barefoot runner

Oct 23, 2009 | One Comment

Learning the art and science of barefoot running is an exercise in patience. The basic form required to run injury-free is generally fairly intuitive, but mastering that form does take time. This time frame can be disheartening to the new barefoot runner. Maybe the new barefoot runner is accustomed to running a certain weekly mileage that simply isn’t possible when learning to run barefoot. Or maybe the new barefoot runner regularly […]

Now what???

Oct 5, 2009 | 3 Comments

Hallucination was a success. It was THE goal I have worked toward for years. Now that I reached that particular goal, where do I go? I have other goals, but none are as emotionally-charged as the first successful 100. I’d like to run more 100s. I would like to expand my barefoot capabilities, including possibly Mind the Ducks 12 hour and eventually a 100 miler. I would like to qualify for Boston one of […]

Grading Hallucination

Oct 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

It has been one week since Hallucination. To help me with training for future races, I’ll grade my training/performance on various race details.

Training base (mileage): B I could have used more mileage. Specifically, I could have built my base over a longer time. In my next 100, I will be shooting for a faster time. A solid year-round endurance base should help with this.
Crosstraining: B+ The program I used was very successful, […]