People's reactions when you run

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  1. dharmadan

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    Yesterday around town, a boy maybe 4 points and starts giggling and yells, "no shoes! HAHAHAHA no socks! HAHAHAHA." Girls he's with also starts giggling the same. I smile and wave, and their laughter is so contagious I start giggling the same. Laughing so hard I almost forgot how to run. :joyful:
     
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    My girls and I have noticed a couple of grown-ups get quite a laugh out of our bare feet in a truly joyous way. The girls saw one of them again today and he laughed again!
     
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    This thread is so funny! Here in Hong Kong people are not that outspoken. I usually get some weird stares when i run in waterfront park close to my home. :rolleyes: Welp at least I can get some reaction from cats when i sneak up on them.:p
     
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    On travel in Mulvane, Kansas, city of a population of approximately one, someone drove up next to me, stopped and yelled "you're running with no shoes?" I say "yep" and he yells " that's tough!"
    I gave him the thumbs up.
     
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    I had two desperate comments on my run yesterday.

    First as I passed a restaraunt a Hispanic worker came out, saw me, whistled to get my attention and gave my an enthusiastic thumbs up. I wonder if he is tarahumara.

    Next I passed a lady on the boardwalk and she said, that can't be good for the feet. Lol
     
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    Two statements last night from a 20-something guy as he glanced down at my barefeet while waiting at a light:
    "You have to be crazy!"

    and

    "Have you met barefoot Ted?"
     
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    Recent comments:

    Guy on bicycle, grinning:
    "No shoes?"
    Me:
    "No car?"
    Guy on bicycle, chuckling:
    "There you go!"

    Two boys around 11 or 12 years old, one of them:
    "That's sick dude."

    Lady in her 60s, jogging:
    "I wish I were that brave."
    Me:
    "You are!"
     
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    Cranky shoddy runner said:
    "Do you crush grapes for a living, too? Walk on glass in the circus?"
     
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    And then I passed her.
     
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    Today no comments, but silence and stunned looks as I ran past a couple of ladies who were walking there dogs. They were chattering to each other other until I passed them, then silence. :)
     
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    Oh, yes -- the silence.

    (Feel love -- expand heart to engulf them <3 )
     
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    That's a classic!
     

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    Seems to be two camps of commenters out on the trails...the first sounds like a gregarious Uncle teasing his nephew: "Hey, You FORGOT your shoooooes!"

    The second group seems to be the worried jewish mother type: "Watch out for ROCKS" with either a worried or scornful voice lol

    Like they have to protect me from my silly no shoe wearing self lol
     
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    Startled my first pedestrians this morning - a group of ladies out for a morning walk from the local retirement community. Being polite, I said "Pardon me ladies" as I came up behind them and they seemed shocked that I could run up on them and they hadn't heard me coming. Then, after I passed them, I heard "oh my! He has no shoes on!" - I may need to announce myself sooner to avoid that again.

    Later on the same run, I passed a co-worker running in the other direction. As I said good morning to him, he glared at my feet. It was interesting listening to him as he was clomping away.

    A few of my coworkers have said they could never run barefoot around here. Seems their biggest concern is stepping in a pile of goose poop that litters parts of the trails around the office (we have a flock that nests in the ponds in the area). It makes you wonder if people don't watch where they're stepping to such an extent that they think goose poop is such an unavoidable obstacle... :confused:
     
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    I had a cool interaction the other day.

    A couple started asking questions about how long it took to transition to full barefoot...and about little things like rocks, and tree seeds etc.. They had switched to a minimalist shoe some time earlier, but said that they knew they ran different with the minimalist shoe versus full barefoot...I tried to give them some tips and some encouragement, seems like fear holds people back sometimes, but ya just gotta take the plunge.


    It would be great to see some other bare footers out on those trails :)
     
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    View attachment 4187 View attachment 4188 Ran later this weekend and saw lots of people. One man had is son riding behind him on a bike. A few seconds after the kid and I passed - I heard him shout - and he went down. Luckily he was not hurt. His dad then lectured him to look where he is going and not where he's been! Must have turned around to look at me running.....

    Everyone else just responded to my "Good morning" and left it at that. I can't even say I noticed them looking down as we crossed. One older lady asked if the casuarina tree berries hurt my feet. I said "No." Generally I can run over them with no problems - but if one sticks to the bottom of the foot and it gets pounded it in for a couple of steps - it can be an "ouch" moment. Picture of the berries added - The biggest are about 1/2 inch in diameter and about 3/4 inch long. Are these comparable to the "Goatheads" I occasionally see some of you guys talking about?
     
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    "That Po Guy Ain't Got No Shoes!!!"
     
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    Comments ran the gamut tonight:

    "Stupid, stupid, stupid!" while waiting at a light (I asked if he was a podiatrist.)

    "Wow!" a mile later.

    "Cool!" accompanied by a big smile and a thumbs-up a couple of miles after that.
     
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    Ronnie, I couldn't see the attachments you added, maybe there was some kind of error when you uploaded them. But these are the goatheads we got around here (mostly in desertic areas). As you can see, they're meant to get stuck, and they do hurt! Just saw on a site that they're quite durable, usually between 3-7 years, and up to 20 years in some cases, wow!
     
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