From the monthly archives:

March 2012

“The Truth About Barefoot Running”

by Christopher on March 5, 2012

In an excellent story for Runners World UK, Sam Murphy does something almost no other reporter ever tries: learning it for herself. She doesn’t just take a few wincing steps; she studies technique, makes a smart effort to master it, dares to climb aboard Barefoot Ted’s Wrong-Way Rickshaw, and even travels from the UK to attend the NYC Barefoot Festival (which, naturally, the US mags basically ignored. Over 400 barefoot runners and every major figure in the minimalist running movement were in the same place on the same day, yet the US running magazines don’t bother to attend to cover it. Late-breaking correction: Peter Larson of Runblogger tells me that, oddly enough, both Runner’s World and Running Times had writers at the Festival, but they were invisible then and silent since).
It’s one of the few times I’ve read a story on the subject and felt the writer really knew what she was talking about. It’s a balanced piece that gives all sides a chance to be heard, but in the end, she drives toward real answers and not the usual, shoulder-shrugging, we-may-never-know, i-think-we’ll-see-what-perfect-form-looks-like-in-heaven* cop-out.

Best quote, surprisingly, came from the managing director of UK’s biggest sports shoe store:

The industry has been guilty of making too many outrageous claims about what a shoe can do for you that cannot be substantiated. It’s often presented as a black and white scenario: buy the right shoe and you won’t get injured; get the wrong shoe and you will.

*yes, that’s actually a real quote from a story on running form. so if you don’t believe in marathoning angels, you’re out of luck.

Race day!

by Christopher on March 3, 2012

Caballo has done it again: somehow he’s managed to pull off yet another “Ultramaraton de Caballo Blanco” at the bottom of the Copper Canyons. Barefoot Ted made it back, and if you’ve read Born to Run, you’ll know how thrilled he was to find this guy waiting to meet him: Manuel Luna, his pal and huarache mentor. We all realized Caballo’s dream was coming true the moment we saw Ted and Manuel, side by side in the street, working together on a pair of huaraches. Ted has turned that craft into the Luna Sandal company and sends a portion of the profits back to Manuel.
No word yet on race results, but I’m rooting for the newest addition to the Quimare Clan: Arnulfo’s son will be racing for the first time.