Tips to Dating a Barefoot/Xero Runner

Barefoot/Xero runners are one of a kind. We are a special group of species that are just flat-out awesome to say the least…so who wouldn’t want to date one?

Here’s some tips to having a successful relationship with us one of a kind runners 😉

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1. Do not, I repeat, do NOT comment on heelstriking if you see it ever happen: telling a barefoot runner they had a heel strike is more of an insult to a barefoot runner than calling them fat (which 99% of runners aren’t anyways). Even if you see that heel drop once, refrain from stating it because the runner probably already knows they did a little oopsie anyways. But if you do so happen to blurt it out, pull up a chair, because you will be getting a good lecture on how barefoot runners ‘never’ heel strike.minimalist running xero shoes

2. We LOOOVE foot massages:  Jumping straight into this one when you first start dating a barefoot runner however may be a bit of a no-no. Because of the extreme self-consciousness we have towards the state of our feet..we may feel a little awkward. But once you have been with each other for awhile, go for it! We probably get some of the sorest foot muscles out there.  Sure, the skin on our feet may not be the most enjoyable to touch but I can promise you, you will be repaid after 😉         (Bonus points if you throw in a calf massage too!)

3. We get even more moody than the typical runner when winter rolls around: No more trail running in barefoot sandals = no more chipper runner 24/7. Most trail runners would agree that running on treadmill inside just flat out sucks. But when you’re forced to run on one to be able to keep getting in the miles in your sandals…that ROYALLY sucks. So be cautious around us come the winter months. Best way to help alleviate a mood swing when it comes around?? refer back to #2…barefoot runner huarache sandals

4. If you ever get stuck in one of those awkward silent moments with us, just say the words “Born to Run”. This will automatically make us switch to full blown chatter box mode and although you still may be saying nothing as we blabber on, I can assure you, we will no longer think the moment is awkward.

5. Regarding the barefoot chickas – We like dates where we don’t have to be in heels for 8 hours. That doesn’t mean you can’t take us out to a nice restaurant still…just don’t one up us in the formal attire department. Otherwise we feel compelled to wear heels in which case we may resemble Bambi and you therefore become obliged to lend an escorting arm every time we walk as to make sure we don’t crack open our head.

6. Please do not call our running sandals “flip-flops”. These are far from a pair of Old Navy flip-flops. Call them “huaraches”, “Xeros”, “running sandals”, “invisible shoes”, etc….just not “flip-flops”. A comment like that could easily land you in the dog house.

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All-in-all: From this list I hope you take away at least one thing…the best kind of person to date out there is a BAREFOOT/XERO RUNNER 😉


How to Tie Huarache Sandals like a Tarahumara!!

How To Tie Huaraches

When we travelled to Costa Rica to run the La Ruta ultra marathon, we were fortunate enough to spend the week before the race with about 15 Tarahumara runners who had travelled from Mexico to compete in the race.  In this time we shared our modern day style huarache sandals from Xero Shoes, and they shared their handmade traditional huarache sandals with us.  At first we were skeptical about their tying method, as it looked quite insecure, we were convinced after the Tarahumara racers swept the podium, wearing their simple huaraches for the entire 100km ultra marathon.  This is how the Tarahumara showed us how to tie huarache sandals, and we hope you give it a try and send us a pic!!!

How to Tie Huarache Sandals like the Tarahumara

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La Ruta Ultra Marathon – Costa Rica

***La Ruta Ultra Marathon***


November 16, 2013, will be race day…

The week leading up to it will be where the memories are built…

Visiting in and around San Jose, Costa Rica..

With a small group of ultra runners from around the world…

Including native Tarahumara legends…

All mixing and sharing each others culture, endurance secrets and lifestyles…

Building the memories and friendships to last a lifetime…

Before facing off head to head, in a 100 km trail ultra marathon race

Climbing over 13,000 feet in elevation…

Covering a biologically diverse trail through the ecological wonderland of Costa Rica’s mountains and jungle…

Wearing simple huarache sandals made by Xero Shoes…

We will literally be racing side by side with some of the best natural runners this planet has ever seen…

What would you want to know? What would you like to see us ask these pure bred ultra-athletes?

Let us know how you would see Costa Rica and all it has to offer…

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What we will learn, experience, see will be shared to inspire each and every person to look outside the box and to what other cultures and countries have to offer this world!!!

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To say we’re excited would be an understatement… but we are more looking forward to sharing everything to followers… what have they always wanted to know, to try, and to see… Let us be the inspiration you need to take the jump and just go for it!!!

See how the race went: La Ruta “An Ultra Hard Ultra” Race Report

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