I Got Rolfed!
Ever heard of Rolfing? You read correctly, Rolf. I certainly hadn’t when my CrossFit trainer suggested… [more]
Viva Las Red Rocks!
Escaping the Strip I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for three days this past week. What… [more]
The 5 Elements of Good Barefoot Form
A Means to an End In my mind, running barefoot is a means to an end. And that end is a better running… [more]
So Cool in Wool
Review of Icebreaker GT Run Gear It might come as a shock to you that to remain cool on the trail, or… [more]
Overview When Terra Plana asked if I would be willing to test and review a pair of their new EVO running… [more]
Tweet Invisible Shoes Huarache Sandals I have to admit that I really, really wanted the Invisible Shoes huaraches to work out for me. I loved the idea of a thin-soled, open sandal. The idea of running with nothing more than a long shoe lace and bit of rubber under my feet sounded great. Unfortunately, my […]
Tweet Kigo who? I don’t remember exactly how I first heard of Kigo. I think it was on twitter. What caught my attention was their talk about barefoot running and the virtues of a minimalist shoe. The fact that I hadn’t heard of them made me even more curious. I contacted Kigo and heard back […]
Tweet Review of Icebreaker GT Run Gear It might come as a shock to you that to remain cool on the trail, or wherever you run, you might want to try wearing all wool. It certainly sounded counter-intuitive when I heard that Icebreaker makes performance gear out of merino wool. With images of thick, scratchy sweaters […]
Tweet Overview When Terra Plana asked if I would be willing to test and review a pair of their new EVO running shoes I was thrilled. I had been enjoying wearing the Aqua shoes they gave me almost every day since I received them last year. Now, with a shoe designed specifically for running, I […]
Snow, ice, rocks, the smell of fresh pine, bright blue skies, soaring mountains, and the soft sound of Five Fingers running. Yep, that pretty much sums up my enjoyable Christmas Eve run in the San Gabriel Mountains between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. It was my first opportunity to run in the snow with my Vibram Five Fingers. The run was nothing short of spectacular. Well, except my toes ended up pretty much frozen after 3 miles and 1,300 feet of elevation gain.
Trying to play to people’s fears in an effort to stop them from being informed will surely fail. Especially when research from none other than Harvard is being published. Trying to combat information with fear doesn’t work for long (one need only look at some previous US administrations to see that). Indeed, the only effective way to go up against information is with credible and convincing counter-information.
The reason so many people bristle at the idea of running without shoes on has little to do with the ickiness factor and everything to do with a story about an apple, a serpent, and a naked man and woman in a perfect world. Let me explain.
I recently finished reading Born to Run, A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. To say that it turned everything I thought I knew about running upside down would be an understatement. I literally discovered that things I had just learned about running – and from some of the most accomplished coaches out there – were completely wrong. In fact, some of the lessons people taught me could very well have been contributing to my injuries!
There was an inner drive pushing me to get out of bed and use my legs. I think it was the realization that I was finally on the other side of the surgery and for the first time in over four months, I was in a position to start healing! It had been the vision of this moment, after my surgery, that had kept me going all that time. All I had to go on was the promise that I would have my back fixed one day and would be able to start recovering. Now, that moment had arrived. Warning: graphic image of back at end.
The traits of highly creative people are very similar to the traits of runners. And this is not just a coincidence. In addition to physical benefits, running provides a number of benefits to one’s overall emotional and mental well being, all necessary for creativity.