by jldeleon at 1:49 PM
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Autistic and BarefootBy KittyK

I have a theory,

Not often do the two halves of my life come together. Usually (well here anyway) I am a barefoot runner OR I am a Mummy. Generally it's pretty fixed. Until, I started thinking.

As you are all well aware, my son has a form of Autism, which involves a lot of sensory integration issues. He has sensory issues in pretty much all of the senses. One of his biggest hurdles is how he marries his tactile, proprioceptive and vestibular senses. These senses deal with how we perceive our arms, legs, body etc in our environment. It's how we take these signals from our eyes, hands, feet, skin, ears/gravity and interpret them so we can stand up, walk in a straight line and not bash into anything.

When people have issues with these senses it can be seen in a number of ways. Sensitivity to clothing, inability to stand up straight, falling over, spinning, a craving for deep pressure. They may also deliberately bash into objects, prefer...
by pbarker at 11:19 PM
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Winning the Air Force Marathon: Natural Running Center’sDr. Mark Cucuzzella, 44, Placed First in 2:38By Bill KatovskyNatural Running Center

[​IMG]Dr. Mark Cucuzzella winning the Air Force Marathon for the second time.

When I got the email late Saturday morning from Mark with just two words in the subject line, “I won!”, my digital jaw dropped in astonishment. Just a few weeks shy of his 45th birthday, Mark topped a field of 2,500 runners at the 2011 Air Force Marathon, which started and finished at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio on September 17. In addition to being fleet of foot, Mark is a Professor of Family Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine as well as a Lieutenant...
by essence at 5:50 PM
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Woodstock 50M 2011By John "a.k.a. stjohnthegambler" Yohe

[Warning: long!]


Up at 3:45 to drive the hour over to Hell, Michigan, and be there early for a six o’clock race start. I packed all my stuff last night in order to avoid groggy-morning forgetfulness, like water bottles, or VFFs, or an extra truck key. Anything. I’m capable of forgetting anything at these hours. All I have to do is just get up, make myself a breakfast, and go.

I’m looking for a little redemption after my DNF on the Burning River 100 Miler earlier this summer. Since I DNFed at Mile 70, I’m fairly sure I can finish a 50 Miler. Still, I want to apply a little of what I learned on that experience to this one, mainly in the area of nutrition. I really want to be better about keeping my salt/potassium levels up, so yesterday, I was adding extra salt to my food, and ate a couple bananas...
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Featured MeetupMerrell's Naked Foot 5K, Michigan ChapterWe are not alone!By John Yohe
[​IMG]We are not alone! I’m in Riverside Park in Grand Rapids for the Merrell Naked Foot 5K and never have I seen so many people barefoot! It’s wonderful! Add to us barefooters all the minimalists wandering around and I’d say we’re in the majority of the crowd of folks here. There are some regular shod-heads here to run too, but for once, they are in the minority, and I’m not sure if it’s my imagination or wishful thinking, but they seem to be feeling the ‘odd people out,’ looking around at all of us thinking, "Hm, maybe there is something this barefoot thing."

I would not have driven anhour and a half and stayed inthe $120/night Radisson Hotel for just a regular 5K, but for this, I felt obligated to come. And not just obligated; I wanted to...