I'd like to introduce one of our newest members who is on a journey to run barefoot around the world... Everyone, please welcome Julia Chi Taylor!
The Zen of barefoot running By Julia Chi
I am a barefoot running nomad, journeying around the globe, the planet my home… I love to run.
I have been running all of my life, following the running road wherever it has led me… From the early days as a young teenager when I raced around a grass track in my bare feet, to running at top level, my first international race a 5k X country competition in Spain, to posting a marathon best time of 2.36.31 in the 1986 London marathon.
I have traveled the world all of my life, loving running wherever I am, in races, or just exploring the towns and countryside and beaches I pass through as I journey.
Both my running and working in the lives of others as their mentor, coach, and guide...
Something I wrote up and posted to /r/aspergers Friday. Thought I'd share here, too:
This is just a hypothesis I've been kicking around in my head lately. I've been using myself and my 9yo ASD daughter as examples and test cases. The connection between ASD and running occurred to me this spring watching my daughter during a fun run for school.
She stepped a bit wrong, her shoe snagged on the rubber track a bit and it twisted her knee. It was a very minor sprain and she was fine a few hours later but it was a bit too familiar to my own childhood: always a bit clumsy.
I've been running pretty much my whole life and had a love/hate relationship with it because I'd get injured all the time: twisted ankles, shin splints, pulled hamstrings, pulled calves, metatarsal extensor tendonitis ... I quit running for the first time after I graduated high school...
Below is a race report from the Burly Burl, a race I made up to run as a fundraiser and forum to break the barefoot 100km world record. I'll be posting another reflection on the spirit of the event to the Crow's Path blog in the next week or so.
Quick note on the event: This wasn't an official race (I was the only participant), but I did run it on a certified track and have official timers. I will be submitting the time to Guinness to be accepted as a world record, and hope that the event meets all of the requirements for an official world record. I ran the event as a fundraiser to support a new part-time position -for Crow's Path, a nature connection program I founded here in Burlington (details on...