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The meeting notes from the Ohio legislative committee that had a chance to overturn their new shoe rule (but didn’t) are now available, here. They don’t release them until they are officially approved by the next meeting of the committee.

I thought I’d go over them with my recollections.

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I got asked a number of questions about my previous look at the Running Shod More Efficient study, so I thought I’d answer them here.

I also took another look at the study itself, and managed to ask myself a question that I sure couldn’t answer.

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Old Hiking Article

For some reason, I’m rather empty this morning for coming up with a blog entry. I have a few ideas, but they all require a bit more work than I’m in the mood for.

So, instead, let me point you to a fairly old hiking article.

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Every hike I do cannot be a major exploration of places I’ve never been to before. Sometimes it’s just nice to wander along familiar pathways.

And with spring busting out all over, there is plenty of discovery in that.

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Running Shod More Efficient

There’s been quite a bit of talk lately about a new study that came out early in the month, Metabolic Cost of Running Barefoot versus Shod: Is Lighter Better?, by Jason R. Franz, Corbyn M. Wierzbinski, and Rodger Kram. You can see one of the stories at Barefoot Running Less Efficient.

I’ve taken a bit of a look at the study.

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Internet Radio Interview

I was interviewed yesterday on the PEDAL Hour, part of BlogTalkRadio.

The interview went for a full hour. My how time flies when you’re having fun
(and is WAS fun!).

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Here’s another in my Colorful Characters series. And of course, by “colorful character”, I mean “barefoot”.

This one comes to us via a Chicago newspaper called “The Day Book”, in a story from February, 1914.

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Goin’ Barefoot

I’ve highlighted a few poems here before. Of course, there is John Greenleaf Whittier’s “The Barefoot Boy“. But I’ve also pointed out Burges Johnson’s “Goin’ Barefoot“, and Edwin Sabin’s “The Barefoot Trail“.

One thing they do is point out just how going barefoot for kids really was romanticized, accepted, and celebrated in the past.

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My Last Day of Freedom

OK, I may be exaggerating just a bit. But the Statehouse shoe rule goes into effect today.

To “celebrate”, I made my last visit there yesterday.

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The Sirens Called . . .

Yesterday I planned on doing a simple hike up Spruce Hollow. But as Robbie Burns put it:

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley.

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Cute Picture in the Dispatch

Here’s another one in my series of photos that have appeared in newspapers. These are photos in which they show people (often kids) who are actually barefoot.

This one is from March 17 Columbus Dispatch.

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On the Beaten Path

Normally, I tend to hike off the beaten path. That’s because I like exploring new areas that few people have been to before.

But occasionally it is fun to hike the old standards. When you do that on a weekend, you can be sure that the bare feet attract comment.

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Ken Bob Video

If you haven’t seen it yet, Ken Bob Saxton, of Barefoot Running, Step by Step has a new video out.

It’s called “Introduction to Barefoot Running 001: Moving Forward”.

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Public Service Announcement

The title of yesterday’s entry prompted me to put this together . . .

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This Is Your Brain On Clogs

There was an interesting article at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies: Nudity is Health for Brains and Bodies (possibly NSFW).

In many ways, “nudity” is being “barefoot all over“. (You can even get a T-shirt.)

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