Following my first barefoot marathon, I decided that I wanted to be able to run on any surface barefoot, without the want or need of any footwear. This especially included technical trails. I have read all I could on barefoot running and most authors take the route of ease and slow adjustment. While I agree with this route, I feel that I have nearly 30 years of barefoot experience missed that I want to catch up on. If I never wore shoes, where would my feet be today? This served as motivation to start a new experiment, to see if I can speed up my return to nature process. But the difficulty is in the fact there is little information out there to accomplish this. I also feel that the stronger the feet we have, the easier the burden on the rest of the body, reducing injury even further. It is my ground up approach. I believe this due to my own experiences not being a small person. I have big strong feet due to my minimalist running and genetics, as well as big calf muscles. I feel both of these have been the key to my ease of running ultra marathons with little to no training and I’m looking to further this theory with some experimentation. And so it begins… Continue reading
I don’t throw away much, but I decided to do a little test anyhow. General stats state we in the USA throw away near 5 lbs of trash a day. This is unbelievable. Less than a fourth is recycled. Landfills are filling up and being shut down. The trash is polluting our water, a problem that we will be seeing as more and more a concern in the next so many years, not to forget the general destruction of everything in the world. I wanted to see what I would need to change if I was to adjust my life to have no trash at all. Keep in mind this complicates things in this world. On quick thought, I suddenly would not be able to eat out at many places, especially fast places like a Subway. Unless, of course, they allowed me to use my own plate with some convincing, which did happen actually. But this is the point: do we have any idea how much we throw away daily? I don’t think we do. Let’s find out!