Blog entries from Jon from PDX

Jon from PDX has a total of 6 entries.

  1. Jon from PDX
    Like running? Want to keep running well as you age? Consider running barefoot. Here's one of many possible arguments why: Ankles, not knees or hips, are the joints that are primarily responsible for age-related declines in running performance.^1 Barefoot running requires more effort from -- and therefore generates more strength in -- the ankle.^2 Consequently, running barefoot will help you...
    Jon from PDX, Apr 30, 2019
  2. Jon from PDX
    Everything is new and exciting to me as a novice runner. I feel like I’m constantly running along a knife’s edge between the joy of accomplishing new feats and the drear of taking another week off due to injury. Sometimes, the benefits are completely unexpected, like seeing the sooty majesty of dawn over a train depot. Other times, the benefits are surprising despite being completely...
    Jon from PDX, Sep 27, 2018
  3. Jon from PDX
    I never gave much thought to the social aspect of going out into the world with bare feet. But, this is a thing, at least here in Portland, Oregon: people look at me. Some of them just stare at my feet. If they were in the middle of a sentence, they stop talking. One guy today came around the corner in a tall strut, then saw me, and by the time he went past he was stooped down almost...
    Jon from PDX, Sep 21, 2018
  4. Jon from PDX
    Today I went for a three mile walk, unshod, which included 1.3 miles of gravel path. I’ve walked that route dozens of times in shoes but it wasn’t nearly as smooth as I remember it. This barefoot walk was possibly the most intense experience of my life, surpassing the exhilaration of topping a mountain, the stress of sitting my first law exam, and the stunned, stunted panic from watching...
    Jon from PDX, Sep 20, 2018
  5. Jon from PDX
    Last time I posted, I was going off to see my mother for the first time since I started this barefoot project, and I was wondering how she would react to that. Turns out, she was very interested. She’s always had knee pain as well, and my testimony that I was finally able to jog without any knee pain — along with a demonstration of hopping up and down on some gravel that was soft to me but...
    Jon from PDX, Sep 20, 2018
  6. Jon from PDX
    I’ve decided to start a blog because I have recieved so much from the barefoot community and want to return the love. I’ll be working on documenting my experience so that others can learn from my joys and mistakes — probably mostly mistakes. For now, though, I thought I’d ask a question of the peanut gallery: I’m going to see my mother tomorrow for the first time since starting to go...
    Jon from PDX, Sep 17, 2018