by macmhagan at 8:31 AM
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Barefoot Mile #91
1st Annual NYC Barefoot Run
By Barefoot Fresca
There will be a lot of people writing about this cool event, so I will tell you about my own experience of it.
Overall, this turned out to be a very peaceful and relaxing event. It was so enjoyable, that I don’t think I have a really exciting whooped-up story to tell. My pictures are kind of run-of-the-mill, but I shall share them anyway so you get a little peek at what this event was like for Barefoot Fresca, the least of the barefoot runners.
This event was organized mainly by John Durant of the NYC Barefoot Runners Meetup group.Earlier in the summer he had organized another barefoot running event, the Born to Run Harlem to Brooklyn Run with Chris McDougall, which I also attended and wrote about here: http://www.barefootfresca.blogspot.com/
This barefoot run took place on Governor’s Island, a little island off the southern tip...
by DNEchris at 7:12 AM
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1st Annual NYC Barefoot Run
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...
by thenakedfoot at 4:33 PM
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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...
by Blind Boy at 4:25 PM
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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...