Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Barefoot Publicity

Yesterday, the Orlando Sentinel ran an article on barefoot running. Thanks to the Wall Street Journal article, writer Lisa Roberts took the initiative to track me down and do the story:

Runners with real sole

Quite flattering, with several pictures shot by Kristyan!

The opening paragraph:

"The shoe fits, but Brett Williams decided not to wear it. After his new running shoes caused sore knees, this 29-year-old Salt Lake City man went au naturel. In June, he ran barefoot in his first marathon. His feat, if you will, created national buzz when a photo of his road-blackened soles appeared in the Wall Street Journal."



At 3:06 PM, Blogger Adventures of Greg said...

Hi Brett:

I have been inspired by you and others who have converted to barefoot running. After so many years of problems with my feet, etc, I am now problem free because of barefoot running. That, and the side benefit of more SPEED!

You know that the rule is 1% speed increase for each 1 oz decrease in shoe weight. I've proven that it is true. My long training runs that used to be 7 min/mile pace are not 7:30 min/mile which feels far easier because there is no leg fatigue or pain that I feel when I am wearing shoes. Go figure - we were born with feet designed to run with!!!

Anyhow, I am having some problems with pain in the bottom of my feet. In fact, they are very swollen today after a 2 hour run yesterday and sore to walk on. They were so sore at the end of my 2 hour track run that I probably could not have gone any farther.

I only started barefoot training a few months ago, so maybe I need to ease into it more. Do you have any suggestions for me? Is it common to have tenderness issues with the foot bottom? I run with kayak slippers, not completely barefoot. Most gym don't allow bare feet. I like the kayak slippers - they only weigh 3.5 oz and I can run on snow and ice when them, no problems.

I have also switched to using these kayak slipper on my triathlon bike with Pyro platform pedals. It is my goal to do Ironman Arizona with the kayak slippers and SKIP transition 2 - I'll just get off the bike and start running. It is my goal this year to win my age group, so transition time savings mean a lot to me, as does the newly found speed increase due to the light weight kayak slippers.

Any advice?

Greg K
24 hour human powered world record
650 miles

human powered mega-meter world record
23.1 hours

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At 3:07 PM, Blogger keith said...

still barefoot? just wondering how it is going...thanks!

At 11:54 AM, Blogger crazybeardedman said...


I'm 39 and just started barefooting. Hiking mostly. I can't believe how wonderful it is. Seeing people like you simply inspires me. Keep it up.


At 11:11 AM, Blogger Belladonna said...

Hi Brett:

I was so excited when I read that you are in Salt Lake City. I'm new to bf running, but I already love it! I was wondering how you handle the winters here. Do you still go straight bf?



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