Archive for March, 2010

Barefoot on Tulsa Time

As I am a traveling musician barefoot runner, I have gotten to run in a lot of places—some real grassy natural type areas, and some extremely urban areas (London, UK, for one…Oakland, California for another).

I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week.  The sun came out and the temperature kept rising until it was in the upper 60s!  I hit the pavement barefoot and got in my first barefoot run since I ran with my 8 year old daughter and her friends on the brand new track at Vanderbilt University in Nashville a couple of weeks ago.

I am chomping at the bit for Spring to arrive so I can get back to barefooting full-time.  The run on the track was great:  a brand new cushy track on a sunny (cold) day.  The sun made the oval nice and warm on my feet.

In Tulsa I ran on a bike path until I reached a park and then I ran in the grass.

Why do almost all ‘barefoot running’ websites talk about almost nothing but SHOES??  Are we that consumer-obsessed that this movement (some call it a fad) is mainly just about $100 shoes??

I do love my moccasins, but they are just to keep my feet warm until it is time to go BAREFOOT!!!!!!

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Soft Star Moccasins Still Hanging In

I’m still running through this relatively cold Tennessee winter.  Supposedly the coldest in 30 years.  No matter—I have my moccasins and my wooly socks, and I have been running and taking long walks every day.  Ran yesterday in skateboard shoes—-wet snow was making the street too wet for my mocs.  The shoes (I forget the brand name; they’re basically like Vans) allow me to run with the barefoot technique:  landing and rolling off the balls of my feet, instead of my old, self-destructive running shoe running style:  long strides, landing on my heel.  Hello, achilles tendonitis!

I finally got a comment.  From New Zealand!  Good luck with those Vibram Five Fingers.

I’ll be hitting the pavement in a few minutes, probably in my mocs.  i’m dreaming of those first Spring days, bounding down the sidewalk to the grassy park in my bare feet.

Returning to the UK in May, where I hope to shock some Brits with my bare and dirty feet!

Cheers…

By the way, I am a musician, and I have a new CD out:  Will Kimbrough, “Wings”, available at http://www.willkimbrough.com