by txtenderfoot at 7:23 AM
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ANK ReviewBy Jimmy Hart
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I was recently given the opportunity to test/try out a pair of shoes from a company called ANK. I was very excited about this opportunity as these shoes are not in the same category as the shoes that I typically use. The Kiso model I was sent is a five-toed shoe, but it is not exactly minimal, which made me even more curious about them. I wondered if they would be flexible, if the thicker sole would make them less functional, if they would be comfortable, and if they were made well. All of these questions were answered in a very pleasant and surprising way!Yes, this is a five-toed shoe, but it’s not the ones you think. ANK is a new company to the market with a product that in my opinion is a great bridge of the gap between conventional and minimal shoes. They have two models, the Kiso and the Ninva, which are basically the same shoe except for the number of straps...
by bfr_dave at 11:43 AM
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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...
by Abide at 3:47 PM
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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...
by Barefoot Mary at 9:36 PM
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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...