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more spring stuff

Good stuff, too, especially for barefoot runners and walkers—I got to do both today—about an hour walk with my wife and dog this morning—and then another 30 minute run this afternoon after work.  Glorious weather in the 70s, humidity is still low.  California weather right here in Tennessee.  I walked barefoot today; ran in my mocs.  I find that I can get  a good fast pace going in the mocs.  If I’m running totally barefoot—which I still love—my stride is a little shorter, and my pace is a little slower.  There is nothing wrong with a slow steady pace, especially as I near my 47th birthday.  But as the man said, I want to rock while I can rock, roll while I can roll, so if I can burn up some fast paced miles in the mocs, I will do it.   But I can’t wait to hit Centennial Park on Saturday and get in a solid hour barefoot in the grass!

i’ll have another, please

Today is even more Spring time glorious than yesterday.  Played a great gig in St Louis last night, got up too early—-I guess it’s the old man thing….or maybe I just live to run in the morning…anyway, woke up  early, put on my moccasins and ran for a good hour.  Felt great.  A bit of knotting in my calves—I think it comes with age and the barefoot technique—your calves are doing most of the work—-and i think therefore saving your achilles tendons, knees, hips, back.  At least in my case, that seems to be the way it works.  If I work on the knots w/  a tennis ball or even a rolling pin—-there has to be one around here somewhere…it helps a lot.

The main thing is this:  I’m running, and it feels great.

spring glory

I’m in St Louis for work.  Glorious spring day.  I have the day free, so I ran for about 90 minutes in my SoftStar Run Amok mocassins.  I love it!  Now when I’m on the road and running on unfamiliar ground, I can lace on these near bare mocs, with their 2mm vibram soles, and run to my heart’s desire.  Today, my heart’s desire never gave out until finally after 90 minutes, my left calf started to feel a bit knotty.  So I walked and made it back to my friend’s house.  Glorious!  Now I can nap and play a show tonight.

Run Amok!!

Great barefoot running in Nashville lately, now that it is truly Spring.  This weekend, I am traveling in Mississippi and Louisiana.  So far, I have had two good 45 minute runs—one on the levee in Jackson, and another today on the levee in Baton Rouge.  I am running in my Soft Star Run Amok moccasins; Jackson streets are murder on bare feet (though the levee trail seems pretty forgiving; mostly grass and dirt).  The Baton Rouge levee is pure gravel road, so I was very thankful for my mocs.  At one point, I was wishing I had a slightly thicker sole (mine have 2mm; SoftStar offers a 5mm for trail running).  But you know what?  I have been doing this now for 2 solid years, and my feet can take it.

I’m off to enjoy my runner’s high, find some deliciously unhealthy Cajun food and drive to New Orleans—-more levee running!

Cheers,

Barefoot Will

Sprung

Took a long barefoot dog walk this morning, and an afternoon barefoot run…what a great early Spring day in Middle Tennessee.  There is rain on the way.  Praying for NO FLOOD this year.  But for today, I am thankful for the sun and temps in the 60s.  Feeling a tad tender in the soles this evening.  But also exhilarated from plodding unshod.  Hope tomorrow’s weather cooperates, so I can hit Centennial Park and sprint in the grass!

Soft Star Run Amok moccasins served me really well this winter—with socks, my feet were warm on cold days.  The 2mm Vibram sole provided good traction.  And the mocs are even better with no socks, which bodes well for running in unfamiliar places this Spring and Summer while on work trips.

Enjoy!

A Break From Winter

We have had a warm week in Tennessee, after a really cold, snowy, icy winter—-and not just for the Midsouth, for anywhere—-I should know, I have been to Sweden and up to the Northeast in the last few months.  But this week is sweet, like early Spring—-so I have been getting in barefoot walks and runs every day.

Glorious.  After two years of barefooting, I no longer get sore when I am getting back to running unshod.  True, I get a tad tender.  But not truly sore.

I spent the Winter (not that it’s over…) running in my SoftStar Mocs, and when it was icy, in my hiking boots.

Happy barefooting…

RunAmok!

I received my new SoftStar Shoe RunAmok mocassins the other day.  I was traveling for work, so did not get to try them out until this morning.  They are great!  A thin 2mm sole is the only thing between my feet and the ground, so I have the barefoot feel and form, but I can run when it’s cold, or the streets are rough.  Probably can run trails too, though I did not opt for the thicker 5mm ‘trail’ version of the RunAmoks.

 

I love SoftStar though:  they make a fine product by hand in the USA!

Autumn Defense

I knew it.  As soon as I started complaining about the warm weather, it turns into full-blown Fall.  I am not complaining; a brisk morning, a blue sky, brightly colored leaves on the trees are all things I love.  So I dusted off my Soft Star Mocassins and they are still hanging in there.  I went ahead and ordered a pair of their new RunAmoc mocassins, the ones with the 2 mm Vibram sole.  I have considered Vibram Five Fingers, but when I tried them on last year, I did not like the feel of my toes individually wrapped.  And I have to admit, there are a whole lot of new age yuppies walking around all smug in their VFFs—-I prefer to be smug in my bare feet when at all possible, and snug in my Soft Star Mocs when it’s too cold for my tootsies.

Speaking on Autumn Defense, have you heard their lovely music?

Enjoy the cool beautiful weather and the colorful leaves.

Endless Summer?

I have to admit I’m enjoying running barefoot right up until Halloween and beyond.  But folks, I live in middle Tennessee.  By now it’s supposed to be pretty chilly here.  It’s real warm, though, and the weather has been gorgeous—when the warm weather isn’t running into cool weather and creating tornado warnings, like yesterday—-so I’ve been going out each morning and running and walking and running some more.  Mostly with my faithful dog, Foley.

I had yet another conversation with someone who wants to know about barefooting today, and I told them all about it.  You have read it here, and you’ve read it better written in Christopher McDougall’s book ‘Born to Run’:  start slow, walk before you run, get your feet and lower calves in shape to be barefoot, because it’s DIFFERENT FOLKS, and don’t be afraid to launch into a bit of running.  Get your form together barefoot, and then decide if you need to find some sort of minimal footwear—-my friend Eric has some kind of minimal running shows and it’s working for him.  My friend Romo has Vibram Five Fingers and it’s working for him.  Me, I prefer barefoot or mocassins when it’s cold.

I’ve run and walked every day for a long long time and life is good—better than it was before!

I’ll be out there tomorrow morning…cheers.