Highland Park, ILUSA
Hometown: Highland Park
March 23, 2010
I'm the founder of and instructor for the Chicago Area Barefoot Running Meetup Group. Though not a coach, I have been running almost exclusively barefoot for more than ten years here in northeast Illinois, spring, summer, fall and winter. Join me!
To introduce as many Chicago runners as possible to the immense benefits of barefoot running: 1. A vast reduction in the potential for injury. 2. The mindset that running is for itself rather than a vehicle to achieve some other goal, like a "PB".
I would like to be able to run (relatively) pain free on just about any surface and in almost any temperature. We have runners in our wider BFR community who have achieved this to a mind-boggling degree. I'm not there yet by any measure!
I began running in 1977, along with millions of others, following the publication of Jim Fixx's blockbuster book "The Complete Book of Running". Also like so many others, I quickly found myself stopped by injuries. Thankfully, BFR ended all that.
My transition to BFR was difficult. I was attempting it with no guidance or advice from anyone. The result was repeated frustration and multiple injuries. Hopefully my mentoring will allow others to avoid the pitfalls that I was plagued by.
Hello, Owen. I'm glad you'll consider joining us in Naperville. I like your hobbies, too. I'm big on swimming and hiking -- although not as much ocean swimming as I did in California (cry).
Owen, Thanks for the warm greetings! You mentioned that you looked forward to seeing me on Sunday. I thought the meetup was for Saturday??? Is the date listed correct?
Thanks Owen! I would love to attend the clinic tonight but week nights are bad for me at the moment. Are you planning any weekend clinics in the future?
Thanks Owen! I am hoping it is something less than a metatarsal stress fracture, but I think it is down to that or an inflamed tendon. Three fractures!? I tend to learn the hard way too, but hopefully I am able to pave an easier path for myself than that. Regardless, I am hoping to make it to the barefoot running clinic on May 8th. I'll RSVP once I have a better grip on my schedule. By that time I may even be able to run again!
Unfortunately I can't tomorrow- when is the next beginner's clinic? I actually jogged 1 mile this morning barefoot- day number 1! I'm so excited, and I feel great!
Why, yes I was! I made the avocado brownies at the paleo potluck- yum! I just recently started looking into barefoot running (mainly because I ran the shamrock shuffle with Matt and he ran barefoot and really inspired me). I'm so excited to start, right now I'm easing into it by barefoot walking first.
Hey Owen! Can't wait to meet up. See you soon:)
I"m trying to recruit a few others for the venture. Trillium in bloom would be a nice bonus.