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Friday, July 03, 2009

Minimalist Runner - Barefoot, Huaraches, FiveFingers...

Howdy Folks

You may have found your way to my blog after reading "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. If so, welcome.

Many of you are probably looking for answers to the question how to run barefoot or with Vibram Fivefingers or with huarache sandals. You can learn from my experiences over the last 5 years recorded in this blog or participate in one of my coaching seminars.

However, to be up-to-date and part of a larger and growing community of footwear minimalists and barefoot explorers I suggest you check out the Minimalist Runner Google Group I started a couple years ago. You will find many like minded folks who are sharing their insights from a growing body of research and personal experience.

The mission of the Minimalist Runner Google Group is to share experiences running with minimalistic footwear, footwear that allows the foot to feel and to develop strength naturally, barefoot being the gold standard.

This group seeks to dispel the
myth that you need an overly supportive, cushioned, orthopedic shoe-boot in order to push the limits of human potential in running and exploring the world. As a matter of fact, many in the group like me suggest that not only do you not need them, you are better off without them.

Please feel free to join and share YOUR experiences and YOUR adventures, big or small.


PS. The photo above ALMOST became the cover of "Born to Run" but I did not have a high enough resolution photo of it...a kind of self-portrait taken in the Verdugo Mountains near Burbank.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born to run is my new Bible. I have been plagued with all kinds of injuries and have so many different running shoes I could outfit a couple of Tarahumara tribes. I ran in my Vibram five fingers for the first time today. My daughter wants a pair for her cross country season after hearing part of the book on tape. We are even making our own chia sport drink! After reading the book I feel like I know you all. You are my heroes. Thanks for sharing!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Blogger Rocky said...

I ran barefoot the other day for the first time in a year or two. Only 2 miles on the treadmill, but I was reminded how good it feels and I thought about you. I still believe there is something to what you say. But my first 100 degree run on a trail with mixed terrains left blisters the size of golf balls and I still fear that will happen again--ouch!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Anonymous Dave said...

Hey Ted,

Are you permanently out of the LA fothills area? I was hoping to come run with you sometime at Hansen Dam or somewhere like that (my family lives in Tujunga), but it looks like you're in Seattle now.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also loved the book and took my 11 year old to run barefoot. 2 miles on the grass infield of a track was perfect for a first time. We both had no issues and it felt great. I am a believer and will run more barefoot and with my racing flats rather than the tranining shoes.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Blogger Gary said...

Loved the book and have been a barefoot fan for years.

Unfortunately, the Five Fingers do not fit me right. My little toes are really little compared to my big toe and they don't take up enough room in the toe holes. They are always driving forward which jams my big toe into the end creating pressure on the big toe joint.

When is Feelmax available in the US? I'd love an athletic "barefoot" shoe. I've got Vivo Barefoots which are great for walking around town (and stylish too!), but the rubber is too hard for them to be effective on trails, they are very slippery on rocks.

Advice would be great, thanks.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there.

I'm a journalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I'm writing an article about barefoot walking for Folha de S. Paulo, the largest newspaper in my country. It's abour barefoot walking/ running. I would like to interview you for my report. Is it possible?

I'll wait for an answer. I sent you an email.
Thanks for your attention.

Yours sincerelly,

Mariana Mandelli

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Anonymous Space Girl said...

Re: Gary. The Feelmax Pankas are available online here in the States from Extreme Outfitters (extremeoutfitters.com). The Niesas are reportedly better and should be available online from the same folks in the near future.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Anonymous home exchange said...

It's a great book. I ran one time barefooted, but it was more of a sample than an actual proper run. Great blog btw!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blogger Wolfmaan said...

I created my own set of Huaraches for wearing around the office. I used 2x 1mm leather and leather strapping then dyed them black and sealed the leather. They look great!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought some Vibram KSOs 3 days ago. In searching for tips on running with them I found Born to Run. Just got done reading it (and running a lot in KSOs) and LOVED IT! Thanks for everything Barefoot Ted. I'll be sure to check out the Google group and look forward to following your blog.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blogger KiwiCam said...

Hey Ted

Recently got 'Born to Run' for my brithday and couldn't put the book down. I got back to Aussie in Jan after spending a year in Canada and surrounds. Was introduced to trail running in the nth shore mountains of Vancouver and was hooked. Since coming back, I have struggled a bit to get back that passion, but after my first bare foot run this evening (5k or so), was more pumped than I have been for a longtime. I flew up the last hill before my place like it wasn't there, felt like I had springs as legs. Thanks to you and Chris for the inspiration and hope it is the start of something big!

Monday, August 10, 2009


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