The motivation to run (barefoot or not)

What motivates you to run? I was asked that question about 6 months ago and, well, my answer ended up on page 61 of the December 2010 Runner’s World! Actually, “on” isn’t the right word, I’m the entirety of page 61! (that was more than a bit of a surprise). You’ll notice I’m not either […]

Barefoot Running in the NYC Marathon

CBS News has a feature on barefoot running and the New York City Marathon… a number of times, they refer to the fact that if you run barefoot, your form changes and you become a forefoot striker instead of a heel striker. Now, as I’ve mentioned before: barefoot running is NOT just about taking off […]

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, […]

Xero Shoes on Boomer Alley Radio

Got 7 minutes for some laughs? Then you’ll enjoy the interview I was invited to do on Boomer Alley Radio’s “Better Mousetrap” show. You can hear it online on Saturday or Sunday: Saturday July 10 7 pm Pacific Time streaming on kfwb.com and live on KFWB NEWS TALK 980 AM (Los Angeles) Sunday July 11 […]

Getting started with barefoot running

Imagine that you haven’t lifted weights in a while… or ever. And imagine that you got the idea that you wanted to bench press 500 pounds. Would you go to the gym, put 500 pounds on the bar, and just go for it? Of course not. There’s no way you could budge 500 on day […]

HBO Real Sports on Barefoot Running – Right or Wrong?

This week’s (5/18) HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel did a feature on barefoot running. Did they get it right, or not? Well, overall, I’d say they were right on… with one exception I’ll mention in a moment. They repeatedly pointed out that there are no studies that prove barefoot running reduces injuries, nor are […]

Running Sandals for Health!

Yet another study showing how running sandals and barefoot running could be better for your body! Flip-flops and sneakers with flexible soles are easier on the knees than clogs or even special walking shoes, a study by Rush University Medical Center has found. And that’s important, because loading on the knee joints is a key […]

The Tarahumara Go Running for DAYS

About once or twice a week, someone emails me and asks: Doesn’t the string between your toes hurt or cause blisters? After crafting a number of long-winded answers, I finally realized the simplest one: Remember, the Tarahumara Indians run in huaraches for hours and hours… sometimes for DAYS at a time. Clearly, you couldn’t spend […]

Huarache Running Sandals – Free Instructions

I’ve taken the “how to make huarache running sandals” instructions from this site and turned them into a PDF file which, for some will be easier to print. Remember, once you make your running sandals, send me pics and videos so I can feature you (and your bare feet) on the site! Right click on […]