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Monday, February 18, 2008

OC 100 Kilometer (62 mile) Race - Barefoot

Yes, I know that I was going to run with the newest Vibram FiveFingers called KSO's, but the course was so smooth and I wanted to demonstrate that training with FFs (which I did) did not cause me to loose my capacity to run barefoot. The mechanics are nearly identical, with the FFs giving a sense of security and some gentle cushioning that does not cause the foot to loose the feel of the terrain.

So, my goal was to run it under 10 hours and 30 minutes in order to qualify for the Spartathlon. All was on pace until around mile 45. I could tell that my legs did not have it in them to keep going at the necessary pace, so I slowed down and enjoyed chatting with fellow runner Dmitri Chechuy.

In order to keep it as close to the conditions of the Spartathlon as possible, I never ran on the dirt trail that ran parallel to the course. I stayed on the asphalt which is what I will have to do in Greece...for 153 miles!

Ended up finishing in 11 hours and 52 minutes. Those last miles were very tough with worn out legs and sensitive feet, but I knew I could do it injury free, so I continued. Plus, like many endurance runners, we like to do it because we can.

A Big!!! thank you to the legendary Barefoot KenBob for crewing me during the race and taking video and film footage. Thanks!


Photos courtesy KenBob Saxton and RunningBarefoot.org

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Blogger Josue Stephens said...

Great job!! Hope you still get your Spartathlon qualifier later on this year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your diet change has made a big difference. You've cut up quite a bit and look lighter and leaner. I'd be happy with the time--maybe the Spartathon will accept you considering you did it barefoot!? Keep it up! Rocky

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Anonymous Justus said...

Great job Ted. I am sure you will get your qual later this year. Your an inspiration to all young barefoot runners and part of the reason I started running barefoot(which is awesome by the way). And I was curious, do you know where one could purchase a vff T-shirt? They do not sell them on the site but I have seen people wearing them. Take it easy brother.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Blogger tc said...

Congrats Ted on pushing through! There will be many other opportunities.

As for T-Shirts, Vibram USA has indicated that they will begin selling these off their web site this spring (April?).

Happy trails.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Blogger Dmitri said...

Ted, it was fantastic running with you at Orange Curtain! I enjoyed that particular part of the race most of all. Just published my recap from the race:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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Friday, February 22, 2008

OpenID RockyR said...

Looks like the diet is working good for you. Hey, I miss the old youtube training videos--you haven't posted any for a while.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

OpenID RockyR said...

Looks like the diet is working good for you. Hey, I miss the old YouTube training videos you used to post.

Thursday, March 06, 2008


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