by Barefoot TJ at 8:10 AM
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It's never too late to forgive...and heal

The Daily Mail put a lot into this article, including wonderful pictures and video of the lives of these two brilliant athletes and this historic moment in the Olympics. Take time to check it out. -TJ

Extraordinary moment Mary Decker comes face to face with Zola Budd
By Jenny Johnston and Claire Ellicot For The Daily Mail

The two runners, who were pitted as rivals for 30 years after Decker tripped in the 1984 3,000m final and blamed Budd, came face-to-face for the first time for a…

Pictured: Extraordinary moment US athlete Mary Decker came face to face with Zola Budd and finally forgave her barefoot rival more than three decades after she famously tripped at the LA Olympics
  • Zola Budd and Mary Decker were running rivals for more than 30 years
  • They battled it out at the Los Angeles...
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by Barefoot TJ at 4:11 PM
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Footprints in the Sand
Dr. Mark's Desk

This blog post will contain few words as the pictures tell the story. I started distance running in Avalon NJ barefoot in the sand as 12 year old running with my brother Chris who was prepping for cross country. We would do 10 miles barefoot without thinking much of it. This was in the late 70’s at the beginning of the running boom. It was rare to see a “shod” runner on the beach. We literally followed in the barefootsteps of my Uncle Anthony Cucuzzella who is a lifetime runner.

Today on the beach it is the opposite and although there are exponentially more runners it is rare to see a barefoot runner. As I witness the sheer joy of my dog chasing after a seagull in the early morning, there is something magical and freeing in the experience of barefoot running on the beach , especially through the shallow water. To continue reading, please visit:...
by Barefoot TJ at 12:36 PM
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Shoeless runner becomes a hero

ETHIOPIAN runner Etenesh Diro — one of the favourites in the women’s 3000m steeplechase — was sitting comfortably in first place about two-thirds into her heat at the Olympics when disaster struck.

Her heel was clipped by a falling opponent, sending her tumbling to the ground and removing her right shoe.

The 25-year-old stood and quickly tried to put it back on her foot, but the laces were tied tight and with no time to spare she cast it aside.

Realising she’d have a better chance of running barefoot, her sock went too — and the African set about attempting to fight her way back into a race where only the first three placegetters were guaranteed of progressing to the final. To continue reading, please visit:...
by hikerdana at 7:37 AM
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First Barefoot Race
By hikerdana

Last Thursdsay evening I ran my first 5K road race barefoot. My work offers to pay for the entry fee and also gets us t-shirts. We gather together before the race and have our picture taken. Then we split up to run the race and gather back afterwards for pizza.

Only one person in the office knows I run barefoot. So I showed up wearing my old minimalist sneakers for the pictures. Afterwards I snuck away and left my shoes in my cubical and walked down the stairs, hoping I would avoid meeting anyone. As I exited the stairs a lady from accounting was just leaving the elevators and inquired if I ran in bare feet. So much for stealth mode.

I stood in the shadows as much as possible before the race. I was very nervous and could feel the adrenaline coursing through me. Would the pavement be too hot, it was 93ºF and had been scorching hot all day. Half the race was...