1st Annual NYC Barefoot Run 10/10/10 By Nathan "Macmhagan" Matthews
I had a great experience at the 1st annual New York City Barefoot Run. This was actually my first official run since running cross country races in high school. That's more than twenty years. The weather was perfect for a run: clear skies and cool, but not as cool as was predicted. I drove to New York from Virginia and made it in time for the second ferry to Governor's Island (I actually found free street parking close to the ferry!). The dock workers and the NYC Barefoot Run volunteers were all very organized. Volunteer Jim caught me before I got on the ferry without my official t-shirt. On the ferry ride there were tons of VFFs and a few other minimalist shoes on display. It was a cold morning so there were not too many people barefoot yet except for one boy who looked to be about six or seven years old.
There was a 15 minute walk from the ferry landing to the event area/starting line. I...
Member Profile of the Week Mary "Barefoot Mary" Hartman Mizunos No More
Mary Hartman, also known as Barefoot Mary on the forums, is 23 years old and recently moved from Big Rapids, Michigan, to Arvada, “smack dab between Denver & Boulder,” where she works as a Catering Manager at Panera Bread Co. Mary attended Ferris State University, where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Technical & Professional Communication. She has two tuxedo-colored blackandwhite cats named Ruby and Stewart.
She is married to Matt who also runs barefoot with her. She shares, "His motivation was to get fitand eliminate his yucky yellow shoe-induced calluses at the same time. I will admit, strange motivation. However, it's working! His itchy annoying calluses are scraping offin the shower, replaced by strong reddish foot pads like mine. It's really incredible to watch! And very weird!"
She considers all of her runs unusual because she has a habit of listening to NPR...
Breathing Efficiency Running With Your Breath By NakedSoleNate
The breath is an amazing feature of the human body—mystical, in fact.It is no wonder many world religions make distinct references to the breath; without it, there is no life.All creatures, including single-cell organisms have an apparatus for respiration.In fact, the Earth herself inhales and exhales once a year.I find it odd, then, that many in our society pay little attention to how they breathe, despite the many colloquialisms in our culture. “I held my breath until it was over,” “He took my breath away,” and gasping in the face of awe, fear, surprise, and joy are common human sayings and experiences.Yet, most have no idea how the mechanics of respiration happen, let alone learn to streamline the process for efficiency.
As children, before the age of six or so, most of us breathe naturally using the muscles of respiration.As we age and learn from example, we often lose this knowledge in...
Run It By Jason Terrain Running barefoot for hours over any terrain
Run it by Jason is a column where readers are encouraged to ask ultramarathon barefoot runner Jason Robillard for his advice when it comes to running barefoot and/or minimal. If you have a question you would like Jason to answer, please submit it to 2009-2010 winter stats). All of the barefoot/minimalist ultrarunners I know wear minimalist shoes when conditions warrant.