Apr
19
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by Barefoot TJ at 12:58 PM
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Not Something I Merely Do, But Who I Am
By Ken Hopes

During my trip last month to Hawaii I spent about an hour inside a Starbucks in Waikiki. The entire time I was there, from standing in line, placing my order and waiting for my tall half-decaf to be prepared, to sitting at a table with my iPod Touch uploading photos to Facebook and checking news, I was barefoot. Though I’d never been barefoot in a coffee shop before, it didn’t take much boldness as this place was literally across the street from the beach.

I remember how the concrete floor felt. It was comfortable, but tactilely interesting. Unlike many concrete floors that are polished perfectly smooth and level, th is floor had texture, randomness, complexity. Wearing footwear as often as we do in our culture, we insulate ourselves from many pleasant tactile experiences, and foreclose memories of how places feel underfoot....
Apr
15
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by Barefoot TJ at 12:18 AM
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Fast women race barefoot in South Africa two decades ago
By Canadian Running Magazine

Twenty years ago, George Aitkin watched from the sidelines as the world's best runners ran the cross-country championships barefoot. As he ran his own race, he endured the South Africa heat and noticed barefoot footprints on the course. To continue reading, please visit: http://runningmagazine.ca/throwback-thursday-south-africa/
Apr
06
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by Barefoot Gentile at 11:24 AM
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Danbury, CT Half Marathon Race Report

By Barefoot Gentile

I figured I would get a jump start on the spring season and celebrate with a spring half marathon, what a weather surprise this was! Before I get into the weather I signed up 3 weeks before the race and really didn’t put the training in like I normally would. I run consistently 3 or 4 times a week and really don’t go past a 8 miler. I will run a 6 or 7 miler on the weekends and that’s the extent of my so-called “long” run. So three weeks out I ran a 9 miler which was a horrible run, little did I know I had a stomach virus and this basically stayed with me for 5 days. After I snapping out of that I got a 8 miler in a week before the race and felt ready to go. I came in at time of 1:53:00 which I was happy with, especially given this course was very hilly and the weather factor as well.

So the weather, basically it was snowing...
Mar
25
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by Barefoot TJ at 3:17 PM
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Here's how I became faster from 2 months of training than in the
past 6 YEARS combined

By Mitch Gillespie

It started with my jaw dropping as I pulled out my phone to stop the run..

WHAT! HOW? REALLY??

There’s NO way..

Did I really just do that?

*I look down to check as my jaw drops.. again*

It’s true.. I actually did it.. I got faster.

And it was THAT easy!?

Those were my thoughts after I finished a recent run where I was truly shocked by my new speed..

A recent run where I ran faster than my 5k pace.. for significantly longer than a 5k..

My first jaw drop was because I had never been this fast.. even after 6 years of running and trying all different types of training and cross training.

But the second jaw drop happened because I realized that my past 2 months of training were more effective than anything I had done in the...