Barefoot trail running

Hi guys,

I'm new in this forum and wanted to share an interesting video of a barefoot trail runner:

Amazon Race Forest - Lobo Blanco - Barefoot Trail Running

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it was taken at a event called "Amazon Race Forest", held in the mountain jungle of San Roque de Cumbaza, Tarapoto, Peru.
This guy is a local nicknamed "Lobo Blanco" who runs barefoot (and fast!) in the technical jungle terrain. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Ricardo


Comments

  • Impressive.

    Have recently come across this.  The author of a book on barefoot running talks about this kind of thing, although perhaps not as extreme!

    http://running.competitor.com/2012/03/video/video-a-how-to-guide-to-barefoot-minimalist-running_48680
  • There are some surfaces that you wouldn't want to put bare feet on: a surface of rough, sharp stones of greatly varying size is one. You couldn't run on it -- even walking carefully in VFFs with the "classic" sole is difficult.
  • And how many people walk their dogs there I wonder ... :-\
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    And how many people walk their dogs there I wonder ... :-\


    And this matters why?  It's easier to wash off my feet than it is a pair of VFF's ;D
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    There are some surfaces that you wouldn't want to put bare feet on: a surface of rough, sharp stones of greatly varying size is one. You couldn't run on it -- even walking carefully in VFFs with the "classic" sole is difficult.


    Actually, I've gotten worse stone bruising in KSO's than I have running on the same rocky trails barefoot.  When you are bare, your natural reflexes take over and with proper form you are landing very lightly.  I can kick my kids butt's on our stone drive running barefoot, walking on the other hand can yield all types of spastic movements.
  • I also find walking or barefoot you feel so connected to the ground, to the earth, to all thats around you. It's really quite wonderful, and I personally try and do it as much as possible. This of course usually requires getting out of the city, which I am more than happy to do!

    'Earthing' this article here calls it.

    More than that, apparently in the long run walking and running barefoot is supposed to be great for your back. Obviously a lot of the time it is utterly impractical, but when it is possible, my feet are naked and toes winking in the sun in a heartbeat! My family also have a history of back problems, so  I am particularly curious when I hear things like this. I have recently bought some memory foam mattress toppers for our beds at home from here. They actually make all the difference. I also got some for the Old Grump (my father) and he reckons he is sleping better too. But I can never be sure if he means it or not.
  • I love that trail
  • one place I worked at has a 1 mile mixed Terran and the company had a contest on how many laps you do in a set amount times, I always had  point at me and look at my feet because i did the rocky parts in flipflops and other sections barefoot, at brake time i would go out to my car kick off my clogs and get the flipflops on and start my run, they must have thought i was crazy, out of maby 30-40 people only 3 completed the amount of rounds including me. even though i dont have that stamina to do it any more but i still kick the shoes off, when i go hiking at my favorite spots.

    One time I went down the bight angel trail at the grand canyon in cheap boat shoes, the trail was rocky and the idea of mule pee on the trail was also an incentive
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