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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Inaugural Dizzy Daze Green Lake 50K & 100K

Barefoot Ted, Barefoot Jon and Barefoot Chris

Very impressed with Barefoot Jon's and Barefoot Chris' performance at the inaugural Dizzy Daze Green Lake, Seattle 50k & 100k. Too cold for me!

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Blogger josuestephens said...

Awesome!! I cannot wait to hear how it went.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Ted; it was great having you up in Seattle for a few days and having the pleasure of running with you in the first annual Green Lake Dizzy Daze 50K/100K Ultramarathon.

In particular, I remember back not so many years ago when I wondered if I was the only one in the country running an occasional marathon barefoot (until meeting and running the 2002 Carlsbad Marathon with Barefoot Kenbob).

I never dreamed of ever running an ultramarathon, let alone doing it barefoot, and let alone with a guy like you already with numerous ultramarathons up to your recent 100K in Southern California in February and Barefoot Chris already with five 50K's to his credit on trails up and around Bellingham, WA.

However, with the Dizzy Daze being on the same 2.8 mile paved loop around Green Lake that had been my first long distance test run in 1990 to see if a regular runner could run 26.2 miles solely in my bare feet. I had stashed three pairs of running shoes and sandals around the course just in case but, happily, never had to use them.

I'm sorry that you were under the Seattle weather so soon after running the Caballo Blanco Copper Canyon Ultramarathon of nearly 50 miles in the much hotter climes in Mexico but happy that you could be here on other business anyway and I'm very grateful that Chris kept on driving through the snowstorm up there to get here too (albeit a 1.5 hour late start permitted by the RD). I was glad the somewhat improving weather conditions through the day allowed you to join me for a lap and run with Chris for several too.

I don't run much in the winter (only 19 miles in Dec/Jan/Feb and 51 in three previous weekends in March) so was worried about being able to complete 50K so early in the season so, therefore, ran the first ten laps at about a 13 minute pace (35-36 min/lap) mostly with five minutes running and a one minute walk and with hydration/nutrition/unhydration stops of three minutes plus at the single aid station each lap.

I think it was more my heart than my legs but the last lap of 31 minutes (11:09m/m pace) with you and Chris ranks as one of the thrills of my fitness running "career" that started with a marathon on whim with some skiing buddies in 1977.

Thank you both for helping me become an ultra-barefooter too.

I look forward to doing it again next year with you both and other runningbarefooters if possible.

- barefoot jon

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Blogger Ted said...

I don't know how you do it! Amazing!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Blogger Rocky Randall said...

Hey Ted, what is the latest on the Methode Naturelle training? I have been doing my own version of that traditional method. I really like it, and since you introduced me to it, I wondered if you still use it?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


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