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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

2008 Leadville Trail 100 - 28:33

Photo by Lorraine Gersitz, leaving Winfield

I did it! I may have set a record for lateness leaving Winfield and time back to finish. I actually had one of the 13th best Looking forward to getting the data (Note: check out Chris Labbe's website on Leadville statistics for some very interesting data and charts, LT 100 Data Project).
Actually, the data is now available here.

Ran most of the course in Vibram FiveFingers, some with huaraches and quite a bit barefoot!



1. Spending a week in Leadville acclimatizing and meeting old and new friends.

2. Doing the entire race carrying all my own gear from start to finish except for food which I had in drop-bags at the various aid stations.

3. Running over half of the trail from Half Moon to Twin Lakes barefoot and going up to Hope Pass aid station barefoot...just too muddy for shoes and finding a great hiking stick somewhere along the way.

4. Dealing just fine with freezing cold wind, slippery mud, icy rain, hail so thick the trail was unseeable and snow. Crazy.

5. Being treated like a king by the best volunteers ever at each and every aid station. Thank you!

6. Feeling strongest while leaving Half Moon on the way back, running and running and running.

7. The joy of putting on my VFF KSOs after running and hiking for so long barefoot.

8. Staying consistent with my nutrition all the way through the race. Every aid station I would mix up my sports drink (maltodextrin, hemp protein, green magma, rehydration salt), chewed two Clif blocks and slurped some of my Hammer Gel with shelled hemp seeds. Never felt nausea, never felt low energy.

9. Realization that huaraches DO NOT work well in mud and rain!

10. Seeing the finish line after 28+ hours of adventure.


A huge thank you to Vibram Five Fingers for getting me through this race. Five Fingers are the ultimate footwear for those who want to learn to run with the trail. It is not about beating oneself up or enduring more pain, no, not at all. Rather, it is about learning to run gently and thoughtfully through a rugged environment. Learning how to feel the trail and respond to it. It is about subtle balance that the toes need to be part of. It is about freedom and elegance and simplicity. Give them a try.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ted! Good to see you again, and catch up on your life. I'm not surprised you did it, you are oh, so strong. Next time I'll finish too!

Brenda from Madison, WI

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Blogger tim said...

I always enjoy your blog. Great work on another 100 mile run.

Look forward to the report and pics.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Blogger martine said...

hey ted, congrats and i will definetly send you the pic from hopepass.
Greetings, martine from the netherlands
Medic at hope pass

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Blogger Scott said...


I just found your blog again after seeing it a few years ago. You mentioned the huaraches don't work well in mud and rain--how so? do you lose traction between the sandal and the ground or does you foot slip around on top of the sandal?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Good question Scott

It is really slipping around on the top of the sandal if it gets too wet and muddy.

Very uncomfortable feeling really.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought myself a pair, Incredible, and not only for running also very safe to use in a sailboat more grip than any other shoe!!

Monday, August 31, 2009


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