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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Julian Romero runs LA Marathon Barefoot in 2:53

Photo from San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Very happy to report an excellent race for an up-and-coming barefoot runner, Julian Romero. This guy ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 2:53 on a course that is the toughest in over 20 years. Some of the slowest times ever were recorded for the top runners which makes Julian achievement even more incredible.

Several of my friends in the Wild Mountain Runner Club said that they saw and ran with Julian. What impressed several of them was that he didn't look like a typical fast marathoner, i.e., super thin and narrow, yet he was MOVING.

Congratulations again and looking forward to hearing about your future successes.


PS. You can read about Julian's race here

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Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Julian

I am curious to know how you felt after this race.

Any knee pain? Foot sensitivity?

Your running style looks like it supports the idea that one can, especially at speed, let the heel touch first.

Lots of my friends in Wild Mountain Runner club said that they were very impressed with you running.


Answer from Julian:

Hey Ted,

After the marathon my feet were slightly tender. I had the same feeling after the Vegas marathon too. They were fine after a day though. In terms of my knees I had absolutely no trouble with them at all. In terms of other soreness, my calves were quite tight after the race. I could feel them tighening up early because I took the big downhills at the beginning too hard (I ran a couple of 5:30 and 5:40 miles at the beginning), and then I pushed it hard at the end. Overall though, I would say I was less sore for sure than my first marathon (which was with shoes) at a similar speed. Do you experience tender feet after a marathon?

From that picture it definitely looks like me heels do touch first, but I usually feel like my heels and ball touch at about the same time. If my heels are touching first, it is very lightly though. Pretty much my approach, as with most barefooters, is to try to run as smoothly as I possbily can.

By the way, congrats on the ultra marathon in Mexico, it looked like a great experience


Monday, March 19, 2007

Blogger creativiste said...

Hi Julian and Ted

That time is fantastic !
Especially when the ground is hot it requires super strong feet.
I myself tend to run less ball heel ball lately, I've found it feels good to have the whole feet land equally on the ground. I've also observed Brazilian people that don't wear shoes in some remote areas, and run or play soccer barefoot on super hot grounds, and they have their feet land that way.
Their feet are so strong they look like natural boots.
So I feel that to let my feet fully rub on the ground, at slow or not too fast pace, help them get stronger.
However when sprinting especially, the ball heel ball is best to me, but I also keep on running that way most of the time because the plyometrics work out of both feet and calves is very beneficial as well.

Congrats again for this great barefoot marathon.


Sunday, April 29, 2007


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