by Zephyr at 3:41 PM
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Member Blog of the Week
SayPay Rants About Shoes
By SayPay45

I've been thinking about this stuff for a while. Some of it isa little dated topic-wise, so forgive me bringing this stuff up again. But if I don't write it down, I'll keep thinking about it during my runs...and that's just annoying.

Like the inevitable passing of the seasons, the "other forum"recently had their yearly dose of everyone's favorite game, "Name That Forum." For those who didn't partake in this years game, that's where someone asks where all the freaks went (i.e., the barefooters), longs for the days when the forum was dominated by barefoot runners asking barefoot runner questions and when "barefoot shoes" were called "feet," and asks that theforum be renamed to more appropriately reflect the composition of its members. I was going to suggest "Asshat Forum"and allow itto be dominated bythe people who suggested the change...butthe"other forum"doesn't allow such language.

That discussion...
by Hybrid g at 12:33 PM
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Member Blog of the Week
The Birth of the Hybrid Runner
By Barefoot Ramzev

Let me start by saying that I don’t blog. I do not believe myself to be a writer that people will actually “follow” to see what I write next. What will follow these few sentences is just a rambling of my thoughts and OPINIONS on what we call barefoot running.

At the risk of being too blunt, I will say that if you wear any sort of protection on your feet, whether it be leather or an iron slab, you are not a barefoot runner. This does not mean that you are less of a runner, and it does not mean that I am better than you or healthier than you, it’s simply that since you are protected you are not barefoot.

Barefoot shoes are a myth. If barefoot shoes were possible, the nudist population would be walking around Wal-Mart in “naked pants,” and I for one am not ready for that. Shoes that mimic barefoot walking or running are minimalist shoes, this includes Vibrams. When a magazine or website...
by The Ramzev at 5:52 PM
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Member Profile of the WeekDavid "Barefoot Ram" Vezmar To be taken with a grain of saltDave Vezmar, also known as Barefoot Ram (Ramvez) on the forums, is 37 and married to Heather. They live in Milford, Delaware, with their three children (well, four if you count their estrange--or just strange--son M.M. Caw). They have two dogs (a Newfoundland named Zack and a German Shepard named Sheila) and three cats (Peanut, Tabby, and Eclipse).David is an Inventory/Production Planner for a dental manufacturer and enjoys freemasonry, church league softball, and taste testing good craft beer. He adds, “I enjoy long walks on the beach, soft jazz, romantic movies by candle light, snuggling by a fire....wait, wrong questionnaire...”Having only been running for 3-1/2 years, he shows some pretty impressive times with a PR of 22:08 in the 5K, 48:31 in the 10K, and 1:57:07 in...
by GeorgesRun at 11:24 PM
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AFC 5K Race ReportA First 5K, BarefootBy Cali GirlWell, I did it! I met my goal of finishing a 5k this year. Getting healthier was a promise I made to my mom, who passed away of a massive heart attack last year at the age of 59, so this was sort of big for me even though I didn't do it extremely well with a time of 37:20. But... I still feel completely accomplished!I haven't run at all in about a week and a half. My last post about the hills killing me was so very true. I think it is the downhill. I need to learn to do it with a lighter landing as I ended up with TOFP in both feet, 5th metatarsal that got pretty uncomfortable on the left foot. I was worried I was going to end up with a stress fracture and so stopped running and walked for the last 10 days or so instead.I made the 2 hour drive to San Diego yesterday evening to pick up my bib and stuff and slept on a friend's couch. Then got up bright and early to head to Balboa Park. I was a bit nervous as I had...