find YOUR run

Do you know how many runners there are in the US? Take a guess. No…a little higher. There are approximately 49.4 million runners. That is roughly 1 out of 6 people. Runners of all kinds: casual runners, committed runners, weekend warriors, sprinters, 5k runners, marathoners, ultra runners and everything in between. If you haven’t noticed, […]

How to Avoid Barefoot Running Blister – Xero Shoes

This post was recently updated September 28, 2023. Getting a blister from barefoot running was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It not only taught me about blister prevention but, literally, changed my life (and my wife’s too).. Let me back up and tell you the whole story so you can […]

Comparing Barefoot Running Shoes – Nike Free vs. Xero Shoes

I bought my first pair of Nike Free about 6 years ago, soon after they came out. I LOVED them. The flexible sole really let me feel the ground in a whole new way and they quickly became the only shoe I wore. Once I had the chance, I went to NikeID and made a […]

Orthotics vs. Barefoot Running

The only time I’ve worn anything other than my huaraches or my sprinting spikes in the last 16 months has been the 3 times I put on my old running shoes… so I could shovel snow. Those shoes have my $200 orthotics in them. And each time I’ve put them on, I have the same […]

Can you really run in huaraches?

When you’re used to hanging out with barefoot runners or, at least, with people who’ve read Born To Run, you forget how “normal people” think. One of the questions I’m most asked by non-barefoot people is: “Can you really run in those?” What amazes me about this question is not how people have forgotten that, […]

What to do about the barefoot police?

Ever had a run-in with what some call “the barefoot police”? Ever feel like you need to give a little attention to your rebellious side? Then, you’ll love the idea of making your Xero Shoes even MORE minimal! Check out: http://www.barefoot-healthy-blog.com/?p=248 to find out how.

Barefoot running isn’t just running barefoot!

Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of attending the “Naked Foot 5k” barefoot race. Actually, it was a series of races including a kids race and a 1mile race and the 5k. It was a beautiful Colorado day, the course was wonderful, the organizers did a great job… but the runners scared the crap […]

Barefoot Jason does it again (but in style, this time)

Barefoot Jason Robillard has done it again, running 2/3 of a 100 mile race in his Xero Shoes. But this time, he’s got some extra fashion sense added: Now, some of you may know that I’m a sprinter. In fact, I ran “long-distance” at a meet last week when I did my first 200m race (and, […]

Long distance running in huaraches

About once a week I get a call or an email from someone who asks, “Can you run in Xero Shoes for long runs?” I usually point out to them that the Tarahumara are known for running ultra-marathons in huaraches, so, Yes. But some people respond, “Sure, but I’m not a Tarahumara Indian.” True (but not […]