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Boston Bound: Sin City had me at hello
Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
By Barefoot Glen

I have never competed athletically with another person in my life. That changed after a first round with the Burning Runner at the inaugural Los Angeles Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon. After reading his article Burning Runner: Battling the Barefoot Runner, I was intrigued with the idea of running into my opponent for a second unexpected match, of course at the capital of glamorous sparring matches - Las Vegas. I could just see his next article, "The Burning Runner vs. the Barefoot Runner - the Rematch." He was shooting for an aggressive 1:30 time, but I was up for the challenge.

This would be the last of three half marathons spaced just 3 weeks apart: RnR LA, Silverstrand, and finally RnR Vegas. I've read of runners successfully racing 3 back-to-back half marathons and sometimes making personal records on the second, so I thought, "Why not?" The timing was perfect too...
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Dallas White Rock Half Marathon
My first half marathon! Wow...I did it!
By C. Beth Run.

I got up on Saturday and got on the road to Dallas. When I got there, I met up with my friend Megan and her beautiful family--hubby, three kids, and one on the way! I've known Megan since high school, and it's fun that we've ended up living close enough to see each other every once in awhile. With all those kids, you can't fault us for forgetting to take a picture...but I'll always remember the incredible green beans we had at Babe's Chicken. Wow, there may not have been any nutrients left in those suckers, but they sure were good!

After that, I headed to the hotel to get settled in. Then it was time to meet Sasha. I've "known" Sasha for almost five years, but this was the first time we'd met in person. We were on an online message board for our daughters, who are the same age. Since then,...
by JosephTree at 6:34 PM
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Barefoot Run: Ratingen, Germany and the Joy of a Barefoot Child
Part I
By Barefoot Jake

Running in Germany isn't all that different from running in the US. In Ratingen, near Dusseldorf and the Rhein river, it's just a bit hilly, lots of trees, and a cool climate with frequent drizzle. The streets and sidewalks are clean and the trails are extensive. The sport and running mentality, however, is uniquely German.

Take clothing. I've never seen a German runner in sweatpants or a sweatshirt. Not once. From the beginning jogger to the serious competitor, every German has the latest breathable, moisture-wicking, gravity-defying outfit known to man. Unfortunately that also means spandex, and having McDonald's as prevalent in Germany as it is in the States means the view at times is not pretty.

So with the importance German's place on attire, it makes sense that seeing a runner without shoes seems to be an even bigger shock for Germans than most others. Unless you...
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The First 100-MilesBy Barefoot TerryOn November 14, 2010, I ran the inaugural Stockton Half Marathon.About two miles into this event marked my 100th mile running barefoot.This milestone is special to me for two reasons: first, one hundred miles run barefoot is a milestone in itself; second, the race took place in my hometown.Here is a look back at my first 100 barefoot miles.My first barefoot run took place almost a year ago.I had received Christopher McDougall’s book “Born to Run” as a Christmas gift.At that time, I didn’t know that the book had anything to do with barefoot running.I had asked for the book because I had heard about the Tarahumara Indians running incredible distances, and I was looking for inspiration.I had been out of running for about two years.Prior to this break from running, I had run a number of half marathons and three full marathons.Not long after my last marathon, I pulled a muscle in my ribs from a horrendous cough...