Archive for the ‘Background’ category

Barefoot running’s big questions: Three months in perspective

April 7, 2010

I’ve been actively running, researching and thinking about barefoot running since the first of the year. That renders me far from an expert, but for what it’s worth, here’s my current take on the big questions:

Cause it’s fun.

Don’t your feet hurt?
The sole is the least of one’s concerns in transitioning to barefoot running. After a month, asphalt in good condition is a perfectly comfortable surface.

What about broken glass?
I run through urban/suburban blue collar neighborhoods in Waltham several (more…)


Barefoot?…no question!

March 7, 2010

Sharp-eyed fans will notice we’ve evolved from “Barefoot? Phil” to “Barefoot Phil.” When I started up the blog in January, I was a little self-conscious about calling myself BP with so little to back it up. Early on, I somewhat arbitrarily decided that I’d lose the “?” when I could do three miles. I then added the caveat: …with no blood. (That was after three miles with blood.)

Yesterday came that watershed event. We’re in the middle of some incredible weather for Boston, a full week of sunny and 50s. I had a beautiful three mile run yesterday and my feet felt great. I continue to coax my Achilles tendons to keep up with the rest of the bod, but on some good advice from Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton, I’ve found that consciously bending knees is helping them along as well.

So, here I am, coming up on ten weeks (more…)

Barefoot Running…WTF?

January 15, 2010

As a kid, I went days or weeks shoeless, and today I wear footwear with far less frequently than most. I even jog a little when, say, I’m late getting down to the beach to sail. So, as I started hearing bits and pieces about the concept, it immediately resonated.

At a (delightful) dinner party, Hellie Swartwood mentioned that she was reading Born to Run. What I gathered was (more…)

Once chunky, thrice injured

January 9, 2010

I’m a former high school/college athlete, but never ran further than three miles until a period of fairly intensive running a few years out of school. I became an off and on runner until Feb. 14, 2002 when I stepped on the scale and found myself weighing a gross 240 lbs. I’ve run regularly since and have kept my weight at or below 200.

Generally I have logged between 15 and 20 miles per week all year round. My running has been interrupted by injuries three times in eight years.  Sciatica took me out for


Barefoot Theme

January 5, 2010

I find myself beginning the journey in to the strange world of barefoot running. How far that journey will lead, I’m not sure. Is this thing just a silly fad? Will I sober up get back to my big fat shoes? There are a lot of questions about this craze? movement? revolution? Wherever this goes for me and the world of running, maybe my thoughts will be useful for others who are considering losing the footwear.