The worst (and best) running surfaces for barefoot running

Steve Sashen of Invisibleshoe.com (now rebranded as XeroShoes.com) wrote an interesting blog post back in Dec 2009. I discovered it only a few days ago via an email subscription on his website. The gist of his article (which I agree with) is that soft surfaces are absolutely the worst surfaces for barefoot running and hard …

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Examining Chris McDougall through a purchase funnel lens

A mini war of words erupted on our running group recently. The subject was Chris McDougall. I had shared this Jun 2009 McDougall article  and highlighted the following quote which I found most interesting. Tony Krupicka, one of the greatest young ultra-runners, has worn the same pair of crappy, cross-country flats for the past six …

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Hormetism, cold showers and barefoot running…

Todd Becker, a freelance San Francisco Bay Area-based blogger, writes Getting Stronger – a blog on the philosophy of Hormetism, based on the application of progressive, intermittent stress to overcome challenges and grow stronger physically, mentally and emotionally. If the preceding sounded like a whole lotta mumbo-jumbo, may I request just a little patience. I was alerted to Becker’s blog …

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How a hobby turned into a business – the Invisible Shoes story

Steven Sashen sent an email this morning to his loyal customer base announcing the third anniversary of Boulder-based Invisible Shoes. There’s an anniversary sale of course but he also shared a merry little back story on how they got started — turning a hobby into a business. In 3 years, they’ve sold 22,000 pairs of Invisible Shoes …

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My first barefoot trail marathon

On Sep 16, 2012, I ran my fourth consecutive Kaveri Trail Marathon (KTM) and my eleventh marathon overall. I finished in 4 hours 45 min — 30 minutes faster than my slowest KTM (2009) and 16 minutes slower than my fastest KTM (2011). It was still special because it was my first barefoot marathon. By …

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Chronicles of Barefootia

Chronicles of Barefootia Experiments with barefoot running – a brief (incomplete) chronology **************** It’s all a vast upper body conspiracy! Achieving terminal velocity Time to pitter patter: my first barefoot run Running with Padmapada Walking on Fire The sacred cows of marathon running A quiet morning inside Osmania University My first barefoot trail marathon Say hello …

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Running with Padmapada

In Walking on Fire, I wrote about breaching my first major barrier in barefoot running. The second inflection in my barefoot running adventures occurred on Jun 21. I call this my “Padmapada moment” and you’ll soon see why. But first this story of Adi Shankara’s most famous disciple. Adi Shankara was traveling and they set up camp at …

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Walking on Fire

If you’ve been following my blog regularly, you know that the trail around Kaikondrahalli Lake (one among a handful of Bangalore lakes undergoing rejuvenation) is my home course. As with most construction projects in India, progress happens in fits and spurts. A 200 meter trail stretch would be dug up one day… and it would be several days …

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Time to pitter patter: my first barefoot run

It’s getting close to seven months since I switched to running barefoot. So far I’ve run 406km barefoot and a further 452km with huaraches over a total of 75-something barefoot running days. If you’ve not clicked that previous link, huaraches resemble Asterix-era Roman sandals with a 4mm sole. During this period, I’ve been nearly exclusive with my new footwear …

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The sacred cows of marathon running

[Editor’s Note: Two years ago, I wrote a list-based post – you are a long distance runner when.. Nothing spectacular but it sorta went viral on Facebook and I got my first official flattery (read “got plagiarized”). A friend saw my post neatly pasted on a friend-of-a-friend’s wall (let’s call him X – he’s a Chennai runner). …

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