It's simple, I love running and most of all I love running in bare feet! While I did start in shoes like almost all runners, I quickly moved into barefoot shoes. Then, after about 5 years of road marathons I took the plunge and threw the shoes away altogether! Since then I have run two road marathons in bare feet without a scratch. Rocky trails were much harder and after about a year of trying I couldn't get past 25km without doing damage so I'm now back in minimal Vibrams which seems to be the perfect compromise. I still do grass oval speed work barefoot which is awesome. Fast forward a couple years I have completed two 100km ultras in Vibram V-Trails and while my feet were mostly fine for that distance, my goal of completing a 100 miler is not going to happen in such minimal shoes. Research led me to Altra's Lone Peak shoes, which so far have been amazing. Zero drop and barefoot feel might be the next compromise I need to reach my goal. Guess we'll see!
Sunday 15th April 2018
It was the anniversary of meeting my mate Duncan, a.k.a DD, so we thought it best to do a last minute sign up for NewRun. Last minute being we were both pretty trashed from racing the previous week. As is typical with DD we planned for this to be a shirtless run but I had no idea he was planning for this to be a shirtless and budgy... more
Saturday 7th April 2018
My first official trail race! Since committing fully to trails after Melbourne Marathon last year I had eagerly looked forward to my first event. I did enter the lottery for Six Foot Track but with my typical, non-existent luck I failed to win a spot although around 70% of entrants do get in. This actually worked out for the best... more
Category: Trail Events
Saturday 17th March 2018
Well, it was a bloody hard decision to give up on this barefoot trail quest but I after the last couple weeks of injuries I feel it's time to let it go.
Sunday 18th February 2018
What better way to spend a Sunday lunch than running around in your undies. I for one couldn't think of a better way so I signed up for Cupid's Undie Run 2018. Although much effort was expended I couldn't convince any of my friends or colleagues to join me. Not even the lure of supporting such a great cause as trying... more
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Well, it's been a few months since my last barefoot trail update and man has it been a roller coaster! Plenty of highs and lows but my love of trails is growing significantly, which is awesome. Road running is officially dead to me! Well, I will still run a few events here and there but trails are definitely the focus.
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
So for the last few months my coach, Melissa, finally roped my in to running some trails with the Night Owls & Possums (a branch of the Wooters). Turns out trails are awesome and the Wooters are a great bunch of people. This has only taken place on Friday nights and I have been running in... more
Sunday 22nd October 2017
So somehow I got roped in to wearing ladies, green hot pants for this race. I don't know how these things happen but as I love a good dress up, it was game on!... more
As normal, everyone met at my place for carpooling to the start line. Before we left I donned on my awesome hot pants
Sunday 15th October 2017
Sunday 17th September 2017
Twelve months ago I set a goal of running a barefoot half marathon by the end of 2017. Unfortunately I achieved this in April of 2017 so that goal needed resetting to a full marathon. Well, five months later it's now September and I think I'm near enough ready for a marathon in bare feet! What could possibly go wrong...
Sunday 11th June 2017
Up until this point my barefoot running had been going awesome. I was up to a 24km long run totalling a 50km+ week, all in bare feet and feeling great. I was just back from a couple weeks off so super keen to get back into it but fate had a different plan...