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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

White River 50 Mile Trail Run and Skateboard Training

What was I thinking? I have not been running much since April. Skateboarding took over my life starting in May. Yet I am signed up to run the Leadville 100 miler next month in Colorado, so I had to find out if I could still run trails.

Question: Can one train for a 100 mile trail run with just long distance skateboard training and one long trail run? Answer: probably.

I planned on doing this run with a new pair of huaraches I had just made using a new Vibram sole material that is super lightweight and 7mm thick with a beautiful leather footbed that I added. Barefoot Jon had warned me about parts of the course that were hard fire road with sharp pebbles on a long downhill. No fun. I was going to bring my FiveFinger KSOs along in case I had a huarache malfunction.

Well, I had worse than a huarache malfunction... I forgot to bring my huaraches!!! Left them in the kitchen. Ouch!

So, I was going to have to run with a new pair of KSOs...2mm of sole.

I had problems with my KSOs. My little toes were not staying in the toe holes and I had failed to trim my toenails thoughtfully and it was starting to bother me through the race.

This race consists of two loops, both starting at Buck Creek. Each loop consists basically of a big climb and then a big descent. My first big mistake of the day came when I decided to follow a lady down the first loop. We ran FAST, real fast. It was fun, but not having a lot of trail training in my legs, it took its toll. I was very sore coming out of Buck Creek to start the second climb. The soreness remained throughout the rest of the race and prevented me from picking up the pace.

Conclusion: Long distance skateboard pumping is not the best way to train for a mountain trail ultra marathon. My endurance seemed to be intact, but my speed was greatly diminished and my quads were not trained to work well on the downhills.

I long to get back out on the trails testing some of my new huarache sandals. I am determined to find a way to eventually run a 100 mile race in shoes (sandals) that I have made myself.


My race registration fees and travel expenses for this race were paid for by SCI International: Technology without Intrusion. They are famous for building cellular towers that blend into the environment, helping to hide what can be the ugly side of the wireless world we live in. Thank you very much.


Anonymous Justus said...

Hey Ted,

Good to see you running again man. One question though, those KSO's you are wearing look like a tan color, is it a new color we will see? Or is it grey stained with dirt :)?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

They are indeed brown. I guess it is a new or upcoming color. Not sure when they will be available.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blogger Barefoot Ted said...


They are there now!


Monday, August 04, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted, your sandals seem to become more like those of the indígenos: thicker soles, plus maybe these new ones cover the toes as well? Or can your toes still touch the ground?

Anyway, would you only use these 'tick soles' in very rough terrain? I would think that on easier terrains a thinner sole gives more 'feel'.....Comments?


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Pieter

Good question.

My sandals have become thicker...looking more traditionally...however, they are even LIGHTER than the 4mm Cherry rubber sandals!

The new neoprene soles are my favorite now. I especially like them with a leather or hemp footbed.

I still like my toes right at the edge with the ability to stick over when necessary.

The thin sole has benefits. However, the see these sandals as PORTABLE GROUND giving one a nice even and comfortable surface to land on, yet not cutting off the feeling of impact, so that you still run gently.


Thursday, September 04, 2008


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