Currently the holder of five titles in the Guinness World Records, Woodstock resident Salacnib “Sonny” Molina attempted last week to claim a sixth.
Surrounded by family and friends at Snap Fitness, 1400 N. Seminary Ave., Molina set the course on which he hoped to walk barefoot into the pages of history – a course paved with Lego bricks.
Molina is an experienced barefoot runner.
“I started barefoot running seven years ago,” Molina said. “My feet hurt before, and when I ran barefoot, my pain was gone.”
But as a man who defines himself by his determination, Molina began breaking records in 2016, setting three that year: most half marathons completed in a month by a male (17), most barefoot half marathons run on consecutive days by a male (11), and most barefoot half marathons completed in a month by a male (17).
She's Done It! Anna McNuff has run BAREFOOT the length of Britain -- from Scotland (Shetland Isles) to Britain (London)
Over the course of five months, global adventurer Anna McNuff has run the distance of 90 marathons (2,352 miles) completely barefoot across the British Isles. The 34-year-old began her Barefoot Britain journey on June 2, 2019, in the Shetland Islands and finished in London on November 17, 2019, battling razor-blade coastlines, mucky farmland and pebble beaches along the way. To read more, please check out these articles (The press coverage is incredible!) and this podcast:
I ran it and had fun. I ran it in 1:46, which was a pace of about 8:06 min/mile. That was an ok time for me, but not bad considering my current fitness. I've been running barefoot for about 15 years now but for the last several months I've been run 10 miles a week or less and my runs are about 3-6 miles. However, all of my running is on steep hills and rocky trails around where I live.
The course was moderately hilly for the first 6 miles or so, then mostly flat the rest if the way. I was not wearing a watch so I have no data to show. Physically, other than slightly sore feet I feel great. To me this was my main achievement -- To be able to run this kind of distance on technique alone, without being in top shape.
I would give this course a barefoot-rating of 7/10. It was all on asphalt. Some of the roads were a little rough but no harsh gravel. I saw one other...
Barefoot Ken Bob's Nike Free Barefoot Running Event, Huntington Beach, California By The Original Barefoot Running Site www.BarefootRunning.com
I learned of this recently from a member here (news gets around here...eventually), and thought, "Nike collaborating with Barefoot Ken Bob! Did hell freeze over?!" Ken Bob said it would be fine to share this with you all. Check it out!