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Ken Bob Saxton, in his book Barefoot Running, Step by Step, identifies what he calls B.R.E.S.: Barefoot Running Exuberance Syndrome. He refers to some of the pains one can get when getting too exuberant about barefoot running and overdoing it. Like everything else, you have to work up to barefoot running.

The same principle applies to acclimating to the cold. I’ve called that Acclimatization Inadequacy Syndrome.

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The leaves are changing. There have been a couple of cold fronts that have passed through with attendant rain. We even had frost one night. But the temperatures are still getting up into the 50s (10C).

I hear of barefooters in warmer climes for whom 50° is too cold. OK. But for around here (central Ohio), it’s nothing. Or at least, it can be nothing if you acclimate yourself.

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Climbing Mount Kenya

These days we see enough news stories or internet descriptions of barefooted feats that sometimes I forget that, while we are trailblazers in our own rights, there’s nothing new under the sun.

I was reminded of that by a pair of older news stories.

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Half-Shod Athletes

This just strikes me as odd. In the 1940s there was a sudden fad of going barefoot among high-jumpers and and pole-vaulters.

But only half-barefoot.

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A Thorny Issue

If you hike barefoot as much as I do, it is inevitable that at some point you will step on a thorn. Here are some thoughts on that.

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World Cup . . . Never Barefoot

Fútbol (soccer) is one of those games that just seem a natural for playing barefoot. It’s played on a large grassy field. You see kids all over the world playing that way. It’s probably safer played barefoot; with all that kicking going on, I sure would prefer that a misaimed kick come from a bare foot.

But you sure won’t see a World Cup game played barefoot.

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It’s Tennis Season

In case you haven’t noticed, Wimbldon is going on right now. It’s always such nice grass.

What aren’t they playing barefooted?

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