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I know that has been a good week when I am agonising over which posts to include. When that happens, I list the ones that I want to read myself the most. Here they are:
It includes comments from two friends of Barefoot Beginner. David Robinson is well known to most of us as one half of Barefoot Running UK. Having listened to David speak, I know that he practices what he preaches and his comments in line with the advice I would give to anyone starting out. It was also great to see input from Gabby Deare of Tri-running. When I first started Barefoot Beginner, Gabby and I worked together on our first competition and I wrote a guest post on her blog. Have a look.
In his article he explains the things he has learned by running barefoot. Many of you will have seen the video of mark running fast barefoot. It is excellent. I like the way this article starts with a description of the patients telling Mark that they cannot run. I also hear that all the time and feel frustrated. He lists the main things he has discovered barefoot running so far and is well worth a look.
I remember reading an article a few years ago (15 or so?) where the author was on a mission to get everyone out of their cotton t-shirts and into technical ones. I still have my original technical t-shirts, they last so long but I must admit, I wear them less than I used to. I am not sure why. Last night I bought a pile of long sleeve cotton t-shirts that were on offer with the intention of running in them. An interesting debate that Jason has been talking about for quite some time now. Here is his view.
OK, it is light hearted but there are some messages in there. I am not personally recommending that anyone runs barefoot every day. It is just something I felt compelled to try for some reason. There are a few people joining in at our little Barefoot Mile a Day facebook group. Have a look at this article and see what you think.
I heard Ted speak last week and really enjoyed it. In this interview, the bit that catches my attention is the common sense coming out of it. I find myself agreeing particularly with the section on transition advice. Asking yourself why you want to do this is very important. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it seems like good advice to me. I needed to barefoot in order to run with better form. Some people just don’t need to do that.
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