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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Kaikondrahalli – a runner’s lake in Bangalore

Considering that I’ve run over 500km around the 1.9km loop of the Kaikondrahalli Lake (in the past 15 months), it’s about time I made a proper introduction. An introduction in pictures – from this Flickr set. Disclaimer: the pictures are from May 8, 2012 and the terrain of the trail has significantly improved. All other …

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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 …

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What is foot reflexology?

The contents of this post picked up from a Global Healing Exchange link shared on Facebook by one of my friends. Something tells me that my experiments in barefoot running might find some relevance with this field. Hmm…. Foot Reflexology has become a well respected ADJUNCT to regular medical care. It is used in Hospitals, by …

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Achieving terminal velocity

This is Part 2 of an unfolding story on barefoot running. It continues from It’s all a vast upper body conspiracy! Two months later… After my strange out-of-the-body-voices-in-my-head experience on Nov 13 2011, you’d think that my life would be altered for ever. Not quite. I still continued to blog about social enterprises and impact investing. …

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It’s all a vast upper body conspiracy!

It’s been a little over 3 months since I changed my running shoe. I fuss and obsess over my new shoe like never before. To the extent that I’ve taken to washing them after every run. Strange, huh? My previous shoe, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS-11 (green), has served me exceedingly well. I’ve been a ‘Brooks running …

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My 8 year old weighs in on the barefoot running debate

Last Saturday, our 3rd grader had his annual school sports day. Since he had qualified for the heats in two categories (75 meter and 30 meter sprints), he was tickled pink and excited for weeks leading up to this event. Sadly, it was a low-key event with parents not being invited. When I went to pick him …

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