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Barefoot Running Step by Step (2011)

Always Remember…

  1. Running Barefoot should be comfortable (on almost any terrain)
  2. Running Barefoot should be easy
  3. Running Barefoot should be FUN!
If any of these are not true for you right now, then play with how you are running until it is more comfortable, easy, and joyful.

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Barefoot Running Step by Step (2011)

Barefoot Running Step by Step

Ken Bob learning the cat walk from a true master, Mittens

Ken Bob learning the cat walk from a true master, Mittens


In 1997 Barefoot Ken Bob founded The Running Barefoot website. Throughout the years, that website served as a portal for sharing information about barefoot running, and Ken Bob had a thirst for such information.

As of May 2011, much of that information became available in a handy book titled Barefoot Running Step by Step, thanks to co-author Roy M. Wallack and the folks at Fair Winds Press.

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In 2003 “Barefoot” Ted McDonald became one of many people who “cured” their back and knee pains by taking up barefoot running. In 2004 Ted Emailed me to thank me for this website, which helped him discover barefoot running.

In 2004 Roy M. Wallack was working on a story about PoseTech method of teaching running technique, and realized that it was much like barefoot running, so he Googled barefoot running, found, and interviewed Barefoot Ken Bob and they went for a run together, barefoot.

In 2009 Roy M. Wallack published Run for Life a book about running gently, which contained a chapter about barefoot running and Barefoot Ken Bob. Roy hoped it would change the world of running.

In 2009 Christopher McDougall wrote “Born to Run”, a book based on the simple question; “Why does my foot hurt”. The book talked about ultra-running, Tarahamara Indians, Mexican drug lords, etc.. oh yeah, and there’s a chapter about Barefoot Ted, and another chapter about Barefoot Running (to help explain Barefoot Ted), and changed the world of running. More people, many who had grown frustrated with being chronically injured or suffering pain while running in shoes, became curious and wanted to learn HOW to run barefoot.

In 2010 Roy M. Wallack was contacted by Quayside Publishing to write a book explaining How to run barefoot. Roy contacted Barefoot Ken Bob and the two co-wrote Barefoot Running Step by Step (based greatly on Ken Bob’s experience and information gathered through this website and forums associated with this website). The book was published in 2011 April.

In 2011 and 2012 Barefoot Running Step by Step sponsored The Naked Foot 5K race series.

Barefoot Running Step by Step continues to help tens of thousands (hopefully, anytime soon, millions) of people discover the true JOY of running easily and gently as only they can learn and fine-tune through the messages from their soles. Of course, Barefoot Running Step by Step, and this website, and associated forums, can help people avoid many common downfalls associated with the transition to barefoot running.



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