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What are you giving up for Lent?


I’m not really a practicing Catholic, but I still try to uphold the traditions of lent. This year I am going to give up wearing shoes. There are going to be some stipulations to this. I am required to wear proper footwear at work so at least one day a week I will have to wear shoes. I also snowboard so I will be wearing my boots for that. So, that’s what I’m giving up. What are you giving up? Leave a comment!

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I FELT THAT A RANT WAS IN ORDER.


All I’m saying is everyone should take a good hard look at how they are living their life. Are you happy with what you have become? Not your career…YOU. Are you happy with the body you have? Are you happy with diseases such as Diabetes, all Mental/Nervous disorders? Americans have been getting sicker and sicker and bigger and bigger every year. What if, instead of doing the same things year after year we go back to the original. Let’s get off our asses and DO SOMETHING! Let’s eat the way our ancestors did before the advent of farming. Let’s MOVE like our lives depend on it, because it does. Believe me, it does. I’m not saying that your nutritionist and your personal trainer are wrong…wait, maybe I am saying just that! How does milk benefit me? Calcium? I can get that from my veggies thanks. And when it comes to working out why should we isolate muscles to work them? Is our body designed to work only one muscle at a time or as one machine? How will having really big biceps help me run? How will a treadmill help me carry my friend 10 miles out of the woods when they break their leg? People just need to rethink their lives. Try to get better, not to be different, just a better you.

I apologize for the rant, I just get so frustrated when I see commercials for finding a cure to some disease when we already have one that works…The paleo diet. So many things can be cured by eating differently and breaking away from the Zoo Human.  Our society puts too much effort into helping symptoms not prevention. Some days I feel like I should just run away and live on my own, in the wilderness and too just be me without worrying about society and what shirt to wear to work tomorrow. All the trivial nonsense is getting to me more and more as I journey toward a better me.

Good luck to you all. I hope you find yourself before it is too late…

Shoeless Joe


Turkey Trot 2010


Written by: Nicky

Happy Thanksgiving! Rich went out this morning and ran Buffalo’s 115th Annual Turkey Trot. He ran the 8K barefoot on a rainy day in 30 degree weather (Farenheit). He went barefoot into Tim Hortons for some black coffee beforehand and went barefoot into Buffalo Convention Center for the after-party.

He said many runners commented on his lack of footwear, but one runner complained that he wasn’t supporting American footwear companies. Actually, Rich’s feet were made in America. I doubt that guy said anything to all the Nike and Adidas wearers out there.

On a lesser note, I ran I 5K around the neighborhood today with my dad (the race was completely sold out). My Fivefinger Flows held up well in the cold and rain. Sometimes I notice my Flows have too much material between the toes, but I had a great minimalist footwear experience for cold weather. I hope they work this well when the temperature plummets to single digits or below. I may have to add a pair of injini socks at that point.

Time for Turkey!


Saturday Run


A week has gone by and it is now time to get everyone together again. Tomorrow morning we will be meeting for another barefoot run around the Eggert/Lebrun area. Email me for more information if you are interested. L.Joseph.KenyonII@gmail.com

 


A Successful First Barefoot Run


We did it! We had a successful first barefoot run. I want to thank Rich and Nicky Sciolino for attending. It was a nice little run. Due to time restrictions Nicky and I only ran about a mile and a half, while Rich ran for much more. I was having so much fun that I forgot to stop at the meeting point and ran another block.

Rich and I are planning on running an Ultra-Marathon in late spring/early summer next year. That’s 50 MILES!!! I hope we can figure out a place to run during the harsh winter of Buffalo.


NYC Barefoot Run 2010


Good Morning!

I just got back from New York City. What a weekend I had. I wish I could tell you all the interesting things I learned and experienced this weekend, but this is just a blog. It would take an entire book to thoroughly describe what an amazing trip this was.

My trip began with a bus ride from Buffalo to NYC at midnight. It was very promising. It wasn’t very crowded and I thought I would get some quality sleep. This was true until Syracuse when the bus became overcrowded. I was up the rest of the trip. We were dropped off in the middle of China Town at 6:30 am and had no clue where we were going…

We ended up finding our hotel and had a great free breakfast. We then proceeded to make our way to Central Park. We walked around a little and then found a great place to take a nap.

That evening I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dan Liberman at Terra Plana. The lecture was very informative. It was nice to see so much science and evidence supporting the barefoot movement.

The Run on Governor’s Island. 2.1 mile loops. As many loops as you wanted to complete. I had so much fun running at this. Being able to run, play and MovNat at a “race”. My favorite part was the scenery. Running while having the Statue of Liberty watching over you is such a rush!

I didn’t want to leave New York City after the race. It was nice sitting around talking with Barefoot Ted, Erwan LeCorre and many other awesome people. But that time did eventually came so it was time to go back to China Town and get back on the bus.

2 hours into the drive the bus pulls over and the driver didn’t tell us why. Another 2 hours later someone (not the driver) told us that our bus had broken down and another bus was on its way to pick us up in another hour. So after being delayed for 3 hours we are on our way again! HURRAY! Then, we needed to get some gas. They just had to pick the gas station that had a Subway attached. 25 people decided that they would like a $5 footlong and we had to wait more time for all of them to get their food. Getting home at 3:00 am instead of midnight was not that much fun.

The weekend was so much fun. I can’t wait until the race next year. Will you be going?