Only a week away, and each second seems to be moving faster than the other. Normally I don’t get over-excited about marathons, being more a longer distance type of runner, but for this last week of training the Oakland Marathon stands as my final prize in my barefoot running quest.
When I started running 12 years ago, I never thought about what I actually put on my feet. I would think more of the race, my training, the distance, and a number of other factors that seem to pile up as runner’s trudge through the daily grind. Probably the most important factor-shoes, was almost an afterthought when I started this as my ‘other career’.
I think something most people don’t consider when they run, are the two mittens that wrap their feet, they help in so many ways, and no one thinks how shoes can actually make you a stronger, faster, and a more efficient runner. Read more…
Tim Brennan, childhood friend of Galahad Clark, talks to us about the resurgence of barefoot running and reveals the origins of VIVOBAREFOOT. In a series of articles he explains how he came to the idea of “hacking up” his Nikes in search of a truly barefoot shoe.
One of the major landmarks was the barefoot cover story on Nature magazine in January 2010.
That was the point where journalists started to bang the drum about barefoot running.
But why now?
At the end of last year we had a competition running in our UK stores. Anyone who tried on a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes was eligible to enter this once in a lifetime competition. One lucky customer to win a holiday to the Caribbean island of Dominica, and 50 runners up to win a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes.
We’ve contacted all the winners and everyone was very excited!
No more so than Cédric though…
He has won a stay for two in a private rainforest cottage, courtesy of Jungle Bay Resort. While there they are free explore the new 115 mile long Waitukubuli National Trail, amazing steaming valleys, the world’s 2nd largest boiling lake, 365 rivers rushing to the sea, national parks, lush vegetation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
“First of all thank you so much for this great present… I am so thrilled about the idea of going there [Dominica] !!
“I wanted to let you know, I have been using VIVOBAREFOOT Lesothos (2009 winter collection) for a year now and I love them! I even run in them sometimes, when not barefoot.”
He will going to Dominica later on this year, and will be writing a blog for us about his adventures in VIVOs, trekking through the rainforest. Looking forward to reading all about it!
At this time of year the internet is bursting with blogs and articles about New Year’s resolutions. Although we are not renowned for our conventional stance on modern lifestyle (cue VIVOBAREFOOT) I stumbled upon a refreshing post, by Katrina Holigores from Soul Train about barefoot running in the New Year.