Barefoot Runners Society
Why Minimalism Went Flat
Part One, by Jim Hixson, CSCS
It was exhilarating and vindicating to see the increase in the selection of lightweight, flat, thin, flexible shoes several years ago. But now the minimalist utopia is threatened by market forces. I looked at the 2014 survey Peter Larson had on Runblogger.com –two of the top 20 shoes were Hoka models: Clifton and Huaka. Although both had small heel-to-toe offsets, 2mm and 4mm, respectively, they were quite thick and stiff. Two other shoes were Altra models, the One and the Paradigm, which were “zero drop,” but also featured very thick midsoles. All four of these models would be described as “maximalist,” a new category that was created in the last two years, and one which supposedly combines the positive...
Run Hard Columbia Marathon - 07 March 2015
Three years ago a local runner started a marathon in Columbia, SC, after a long hiatus from the city hosting one. (Columbia had a marathon in the 1970s into the 1990s, even hosting the US Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in 1996 and 2000.) I'd been running barefoot for over a year and planned to make this my barefoot marathon debut. Alas, I never could build up the foot endurance and dropped to the half-marathon.
The following year, I again signed up for the full, but an 18-mile preview run tenderized my feet so bad I couldn't run for a week, and I dropped from running it. In 2014, the race ownership & directorship changed to the Run Hard group, a local running program for boys similar to Girls On The Run. After my previous failed attempts at the marathon distance, I was going to skip the race, but I...
Black Mountain Marathon
This past Saturday I ran the Black Mountain Marathon in North Carolina. It's known affectionately as the "fun run" companion to the Mt. Mitchell Challenge, which is an approximately 40 mile run from Black Mountain, NC to the summit of Mt Mitchell, the tallest peak in the eastern USA. The race is mostly run on trails/old dirt roads; only the first and last three miles are on paved roads/paths.
After a mostly snow-free winter, Black Mountain experienced an ice storm a week or two before the race and then 6"-10" of snow in the few days before the race. Fortunately, no part of the marathon course had to be cut (which has happened in the past); although, the challenge was cut down to about 36 miles due to upper...
March Toes on Roads Competition
The next Toes on Roads Competition is about to start at 00:00 (12:00 am) UTC, March 1, 2015, and finish at 23:59 (11:59 pm) UTC, March 31, 2015.
Please find the spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yXX_xQc0Nj9FHdGHhZWkln_5QBykVqLQqQqYqEwUNLg/edit?usp=sharing
The handling of the new sheet and the...
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