Nov
20
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Member Profile of the WeekMike “Miker” RivesWill Run For CheetosMike “Miker” Rives, 49, is a country-road runner, having lived the past four years in Skiatook, Oklahoma, (somewhere NW of Tulsa) where he lives with his wife Kyle (pronounced Kylie) and their two sons on 40 acres. The property will soon boast its own private barefoot running trails through the woods, built by Mike himself, so that he can run on “clean” trails for which barefoot running has given him a newfound appreciation.He attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri where he earned a BBA-OU and a MBA-MU. Mike is a busy running his own granite business (he’s fourth generation of a stone business family), sharing in the raising of his sons who are also home-schooled, and minding the family dogs, Zookie, a Lab/Pyrenees mix; Buttercup, a Dutch Shepherd; and Missus, a Dalmatian; plus 4 cats; 3 horses; and 60+ chickens, which he insists...
Nov
18
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Stone Cat Trail MarathonBy SillyC
I‘ve been running for about nine years, and I swore I’d never run a marathon. I’d heard about this “Wall,” and it sounded like torture. The training sounded brutal and devoid of fun. To be honest, for almost all of those years, a marathon was out of reach for me anyway, since I only ran about 12 miles a week.

Then came barefoot running, and everything changed. Within months, I was running faster, farther, more often, and getting much more pleasure out of it. On a whim, in August, I compared my recent mileage to some marathon training plans and realized I could be tuned up to run a marathon in about 8 weeks. I searched around for some local races, and found one that was 12 weeks away – the Stone Cat Trail Marathon and 50 mile race – and I signed myself up.
Since the race was almost a 2 hour drive from my house and started at 6 AM, I spent the night at a hotel closer to the venue. The hotel had...
Nov
16
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Member Blog of the Week
Races are Fun!
By Sloutre

One year ago if somebody had told me that I would become a runner I would not have believed it. If I had been told that I would be running barefoot I would have thought that person was crazy. And if somebody had told me that I would be entering a 10k race I would have thought the person has mistaken me for my younger sister. There was no way in hell I was going to get crazy enough to torture myself running a race, let alone barefoot.
Well, this morning my husband and kids drove me to Camden, NJ, to the starting line of the Run The Bridge 10k. I had picked up my packet earlier in the week. I was equipped with my chip on a small dog collar around my ankle, my long running tights, a running shirt, hat, old second hand merino wool sweater with a few holes in it, wonky home made wool mittens, Ininji socks and huaraches. Oddly enough, as I was getting closer to the start line people commented on only one part of my...
Nov
14
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From .125 Miles to 26.2 Miles:
Marine Corps Marathon
By Bruno Runs
In my mind, I am not sure I had ever convinced myself that today was actually going to happen. 364 days ago (the day after my first marathon) I was reeling in pride and confidence, ready to take on another 26.2 mile distance and it only took one (1) small training mile to cripple my dreams of a spring race, or perhaps any race. After 2 months of frustration, icing, doctors, and YES, depression I decided to take a gander at this book my dad had found earlier that summer, "Born To Run." After curling up with the book during the Christmas holiday I was surprised how quickly I bought onto the idea of running sanz-shoes, and within hours of the final page had registered on the Runners World Barefoot Running Forum. I scoured the inter-webs for any and all information related to Barefoot Running. I had already been in the process of researching my multiple injuries (ITBS, Tendentious in the knee, top...