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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Barefooting in the Snow in Seattle

I have been reading about folks running barefoot in snow for years on Barefoot Ken Bob's Running Barefoot Yahoo Forum, but I have not had many chances to try it myself.

Well, my chance came this week while visiting friends in Seattle. Seattle has been snowed out for an entire week, and I have had several opportunities to go outside in the snow barefoot.

I don't like running barefoot in the snow... It is way too cold if you get the wet, icy snow on your foot! Wish I would have brought my FiveFinger Flows! Now I understand how they would have been VERY useful.

However, I did manage to run exactly one mile barefoot. That is my barefoot snow running limit, my PR. It is actually quite nice to run on packed snow. It's kinda like hard packed sand...just cooler.

I prefer wearing my moccasins in the snow as long as it's not too soggy.


PS. Short distances in the snow is fine and easy...as long as you go from a warm place to a warm place.

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Blogger Paul Charteris said...

Oh you crazy Man!! Barefooted in the snow, people are going to assume you are running away from someone or running after someone. Say hi from me to whichever cool people you happen to meet in Seattle :-)

Cheers, Paul

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Paul

I will say hello!!!

I sure wish I had not given my FiveFinger Flows away. I could never imagine a situation where I would need something to keep my foot warm...I am usually having the opposite problem...too hot.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Blogger Laura H said...

While you were barefooting it in Seattle, we were snowed out of there and "stuck" in Hawaii. I went barefoot or in sandals the whole two weeks - loved it!!! Now I'm back in Seattle; at least the snow is gone. But still to cold for me to go barefoot outside. Boo.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Blogger anothercent said...

Rick, That's common in my area right now. Not always such a beautiful surface but the temperatures associated with it make sense to use VFF at least occasionally. It costs me quite an effort to run these days. But at the end it feels so good. No cold feelings at all. I can recommend to wear natural fibers like icebreaker's merino wool. I never freeze with these. However warmer conditions make it easier to run BF no doubt.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blogger Phil Odence said...

I enjoy our blog.
I just wrote a little piece on barefoot snow running and referred to this post.
Barefoot Phil

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


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