Adjust your running pattern — rather than a 5 mile run, do some 1/2 mile loops (getting warm inside between each 1/2 mile and, as you get more acclimated, make slightly bigger loops)
Be smart! There are no bonus points for running barefoot on the snow to the point of getting frostbite. Add some toe socks or thick wool socks and a layer of protection, like Xero Shoes.
BE REALLY SMART! If you get too cold. STOP!
Give yourself time to acclimate — you’ll definitely get better and better at handling the cold over time.
SERIOUSLY, BE SMART!!!! (get the hint?) 32-degrees (Fahrenheit) is rarely a problem for me… but ZERO… that’s a whole other story. “Dry” powdery snow is way easier to tolerate than wet snow. In other words, adjust to reality
It’s our “Small Blacksgiving Cyberversary” Sale! That’s a combo of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and our 4th Anniversary rolled into one.
Lena and I started Xero Shoes on November 23rd, 2009, after making barefoot running sandals as a hobby (which we started doing because our lives changed once we got out of our regular shoes and experienced real natural movement).
We never expected we’d end up sharing our hobby with tens of thousands of runners, walkers, hikers, and everybody in between, all around the world!
We’re so grateful that we’ve been able to do that, and to hear from tens of thousands of others who’ve now had the experience of barefoot living.
And we’re even more thankful that we’ve gotten to give back a LOT of help to the Tarahumara who inspired us, via our donations to the Tarahumara Children’s Hospital Fund. Since that donation comes from your purchases, thank YOU.
We have a lot planned for the coming years to help even more people — with products and charitable giving — and we couldn’t do any of it without you, so, once again, THANKS. Other than the very long days, and very hard work , Lena and I are so thankful.
(Oh, btw, ToeSox — which we resell for another company — and gift certificates are not included in the sale… we’ve had people “game the system” by buying gift certificates at a discount and then buying product at a discount )
Want to run with the Tarahumara (the Mexican tribe featured in Chris McDougall’s bestseller, Born to Run)?
Well, if you can’t make it to the Copper Canyon, or anywhere else for that matter, here’s the next best thing.
Ultra runners Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse went to Costa Rica for La Ruta 100k, arguably the hardest trail ultramarathon in the world.
About a dozen Tarahumara runners were there and Jon and Mel got to spend the better part of a week hanging out and running with them — as well as swapping huaraches and Xero Shoes, eating, drinking, and much more.
If you want to hear the story of La Ruta and the Tarahumara, join us on Tuesday, November 26th for a live video chat with Jon and Mel.
They’ll be sharing pictures and stories as well as giving great tips about barefoot running, minimalist running, ultramarathon training, and anything you can think to ask about.
Click on this link to find out more about the live video chat.
As they made their way to the medal ceremony, the sheer joy of victory remained etched in their faces. William Nichols and Frank Jones had just finished first and second in the Inaugural Xero Shoes Biathlon, sponsored by BareRunners.
The event, which took place today at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, was the brainchild of BareRunners founder, William Nichols. “Southern Illinois is a great locale for a variety of races and athletic events,” he told this reporter. “The goal of today’s race was to highlight and emphasize the healthy running benefits of minimalist running” or “barerunning” as Nichols and his fellow barefoot enthusiasts like to call it. To participate in today’s run, competitors were required to wear Xero Shoes. “The BareRunners love these shoes, and we encourage others to ‘feel the world’ with us!”, Nichols said.
The Xero Shoes Biathlon was held entirely indoors at the Scott AFB Fitness Center. It began with a grueling five-mile sprint on stationary bikes. From there, it was a quick transition upstairs for a tough three-mile dash…52 mind-numbing laps around the indoor track! Spectators stood in awe as the competitors completed this epic battle. In the end, Nichols pulled ahead of Jones for an overall first-place finish. “I may have finished first,” he said, “but we are all winners!”
Jones, a retired USAF colonel, and today’s runner-up, praised the event sponsors: “I’d like to thank [them] for putting on a great event!” He also credited his training partner, William Nichols, “for training with me, for always keeping me motivated, and for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone.”
Scott AFB Exercise Physiologist, Mr. Al Bromley, credits Nichols and Jones for the blossoming minimalist movement at the air base. “I see these guys every day, and I’m amazed at what they accomplish in these Xero Shoes!” he exclaimed. Bromley has been a strong supporter of the BareRunners, offering support and advice as more and more athletes kick off their shoes and run barefoot or minimalist.
Congrats to both William and Frank for an impressive race!
Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse left the cold weather in Edmonton, Alberta and jetted to Costa Rica for the La Ruta Run, perhaps the hardest ultramarathon in the world.
We’ll have a full report about their trip and the race in about 48 hours. But until then, I wanted to share this quick story they told me.
Knowing that they’d be running with some Tarahumara runners, I gave them some extra Sensori Venture Xero Shoes to bring on their trip. They sent the photos, below, and report (from their phone):
We gave away all the Sensoris you sent us down with. One to Maria (Tarahumara female who hasn’t taken hers off since I put them on her feet), the “presidents” of Chihuahua, Mexico (two men in this picture), Martin (spelling? “Head/leader” of the Chihuahua Tarahumara tribe…the one in this pic with us) and tonight, two local Costa Rican natives who will be running la Ruta with us on Saturday!!! Everyone is LOVING the Xeros. The presidents of the Tarahumara want to talk to you about getting some more for the Tarahumara back home to wear..how cool is that?!
The answer? VERY cool!
We’ve proudly supported the Tarahumara through the Tarahumara Children’s Hospital Fund… but I love the idea of getting more Xeros onto runners’ feet! Stay tuned.
There are a few adjustments you can make on the Sensori Venture barefoot style sandals to get a perfect fit.
Start with this video:
Most people aim for “snug and comfortable”.
You can adjust the tension of the front section (above your foot) by pulling lace through the ankle holes (pull more toward the heel to make things tighter, pull more toward the toes to make things looser).
You can adjust the tension of the heel section by moving the OUTERMOST lace through the tensioner — pull more “through” the tensioner to make things tighter, and pull more “back” to make things looser.
If you tighten your heel lacing and end up with “too much lace”, you can move the tensioner forward by moving BOTH laces through it.
I met (online) Al Kavadlo over 3 years ago and was really impressed with what he was teaching and how well he practiced what he preached.
Al has been a big fan of Xero Shoes, sending us photos of him running through the streets of New York, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and performing all manner of impressive bodyweight exercises in his Xeros.
Al is a master of body weight training and has put together some of the best coaching I’ve seen on that topic… something that we both agree every runner could benefit from.
We got together thanks to Google Hangouts to have a chat. We didn’t have an agenda, and didn’t prepare anything in advance, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching this conversation with Al that includes:
Strength training without equipment
Best strengthening exercises for runners
The link between barefoot running and bodyweight exercise
Can you go barefoot in New York? REALLY?
A new way to bring fun — and fitness — into your running
… and a lot more
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
And check out Al’s fitness products:
Pushing The Limits — one of the best books on the essential bodyweight exercises I’ve ever seen. Great photos, and not just because so many of them feature Xero Shoes!
There are LOTS of reason you'll want to get out of your regular shoes and go barefoot or wear Xero Shoes. But the "barefoot world" is full of mythology, contradiction and, frankly, lies told to you by giant shoe companies. Even ones that sell minimalist shoes.
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