Today is looking perfect: sunny and let’s-run-a-marathon-ish, though right now, driving over to Pinkney, frost is glowing on the ground. When I get to the now-familiar parking lot (where not too long ago I ran the Pot O’ Gold Fat Ass 50K) I’m surprised at the lack of car chaos. This year for the Trail Marathon, the sponsor, local running chain Running Fit, has split the half and full marathon, the half was yesterday, Saturday, and they’ve also added a 50K option for today, as well as the ‘No Wimps’ Challenge: run the half AND either the full or the 50K today. I, alas, am feeling wimpish, and am ‘only’ running the full marathon. I just couldn’t justify the extra entry fee cost, nor the additional 45 minute (one way) drive over in one weekend.
The second annual International Barefoot Running Day was a great success! We are still gathering the stories, pictures and statistics, but we are hoping to top last year's event by a wide margin.
The statistics so far:
Registered events: 40
Countries with events: 12
Continents represented: 4 (N. America, S. America, Europe, Australia)
U.S. States represented:17
Number of runners: 304
Estimated total distance run: over 2200 KM / 1600 miles.
As the fate of our global time has it, the Australians again honored us by getting IBRD off to a great start in Brisbane and Adelaide with a total of 8 runners. Neil tells a hilarious story below of trying to find his barefoot running group. Normally, Barefooters don’t even bother to say “look for the guy not wearing...
Runner in a 19th century factory and what I saw at Maker's Mark
First "modern" olympic marathon in 1896
I've been thinking a lot about the training season, injuries and the conversations I have with my running buddies about training. My thoughts on the subject are as follows and this is essentially the lecture I would give my clients when I was a personal trainer.
Running is a repetitive motion. Think about your image of a 19th century factory, or a modern cell phone factory for that matter, lots of people doing the same thing over and over until they get over-use injuries, carpal tunnel, broken down joints, or just...
Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival/ 3rd Annual Barefoot Runners Society Meetup, May 26th!
By Jason Robillard
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, one of the race directors, and he gave me some tantalizing details for this year’s event, including:
Free beer to all participants and volunteers courtesy...