Cody O.


San Antonio, TX

Member since:

August 14, 2011


How did you hear about barefoot running?

One day my boss of the company I was working for told me he had a triathlon the coming up. I promised I would go, and so I did. I witnessed humans swimming for a mile, then running six mile, and biking twenty miles. Seeing people from 12 years old to 70 that day doing things I couldnt. So I began to run, and a health magazine came in, and spoke of the Tarahumara indian tribe. I was amazed at the study of how they game hunt being a primitive hunter myself. The fact they chased creatures until exhaustion opened my mind up to what the human truly is capable of doing on foot. I began a block at a time barefooting, and found myself hitting the highways. So thanks to the ULTRA LEGENDS aka TARAHUMARA INDIANS for setting in this deep embedded primitive love.

Are you a barefoot runner or a minimalist runner?

I am a barefoot runner, but when training on a day that I will push myself to hit a maximum distance that my feet soles will go until the point I absolutely cannot go any further. I then put on my Vibram Bikilas to get me home. **Now and then I do suicide runs as I call them** I set a distance I know I will regret not taking my vibrams with me, and go that distance, and ooch and ouch it back home to really break in the feet.

How long have you been running barefoot or in minimalist footwear?

I have been running barefooted on and off sicne 2005, but have always found myself barefooted prior to that in everything I do. The longest barefoot distance I have gone in 100+ degree heat is a little over 8 miles. I have not see what distance I can do in the cool days, and it seems when I enter a run event where it is the coolest time of the day I breeze the course. I have just recently got serious again with running, and especially barefoot running. -Barefoot Cody


My name is Cody Oebel, and I am looking for other barefoot runners who understand the same challenges I do once the shoes go off.


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