Category Archives: Barefoot Running

Top 5 Reasons Not To Run Bare Foot

Top 5 reasons I hear from people why they don’t want to run barefoot. Most are based on not having a true understanding of what taking your shoes off and going for a run is all about.

Here in Australia the cicada is a Small insect that makes a lot of noise and that is what you hear in the back ground.

Welcome to another audio of the Barefoot Athlete, a short or not so short rant or interview


As always feel free to leave any questions you may have or comments and I will respond to them

Top 5 Reasons Not To Run Bare Foot

Park Run Minimalist Runner

Park run is a free event held each week in various locations . A simple easy online registration process give you a bar code and your finishing time is recorded with your barcode and your results are found at the website

As well as the run every 2nd and 4th week there is a good quality market held in the area, reasonable price produce and other treats are available

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Quick and sometimes not so quick opinions, observations,interviews, and tips around a barefoot, raw food athletic lifestyle.

I got to have a quick chat to another Minimalist / Barefoot runner Andy Ward from the Bunyaville Trail Runners   who enjoy the trails of Bunyaville State Forest located on Brisbane’s northside

Andy makes the point that taking it easy and make the transition into natural form running a process the body can adjust to without doing damage.




New Farm parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 7am in New Farm Park, Brisbane, Australia.

It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!


As always look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about barefoot running or plant based nutrition


Gluten Free Barefoot Running DVD

When thinking about a plant based diet we are best to remember we are not all created equal in the realms of digestion and assimilation of nutrients from our food source, indeed it can be toxic to some.

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Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Quick and sometimes not so quick opinions, observations,interviews, and tips around a barefoot, raw food athletic lifestyle.


I have some great news to announce that I will be getting an interview with the producers of the new Barefoot running video over at

I really like the work Michael and Jessica are doing over at  sensible, well documented and actionable information on getting you safely barefoot running.


Five gluten intolerance indicators

1) High blood sugar

2) Skin problems, rashes, acne, and eczema

3) Bouts of anxiety and depression – low energy

I have written on the effect of depression and raw food here

4) Gut disorders – yeast infections

5) Early aging disorders that include dementia

As well as bloated belly and tiredness.

although whole wheat grains are considered complex carbohydrates, modern day wheat contains amylopectin A, which is a rapidly absorbed carbohydrate that spikes your blood sugar.

Other grains that can contribute to wheat belly include: Barley, rye, triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), bulgur, farina, kamut, seminola, durum flour, and spelt.

I have tried the sourdough type of bread which is supposed to decrease the gluten effect but a story that interested me being as i know I have a digestive issue is other antinutrients in whole grains include enzyme inhibitors.

These can inhibit digestion and put stress on the pancreas; containing irritating tannins; complex sugars which the body cannot break down; and gluten and related hard-to-digest proteins.

These have been linked to allergies, digestive disorders and even mental illness.

As always would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have


Raw Food Styles And Bare Foot Ethics

I have had a bit of fun with trying out a quick podcast from my Iphone, sound quality not so great but passable.

I have to admit it is a darn sight quicker doing it this way, the app just  makes it very quick to get everything posted to the blog and Itunes

recycled minimilist runners


As always great to hear your comments and thoughts. If you have any questions let me know

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Quick and sometimes not so quick opinions, observations,interviews, and tips around a barefoot, raw food athletic lifestyle.

Durianrider is an Ex shoe salesman


Right from the outset I want to point out their I have a great deal of respect for Harley  or his alter ego Durianrider and do not deride anything he says or what he stands for.

Just some of the things that he bangs on about in regards to the Barefoot Running issue that annoys me and I’ll just take the opportunity to say what I think is any good podcaster would.


Bare Foot running

The more the darker side of what I continue to stress in regards to my advocacy of understanding minimalist or barefoot running is the whole industry behind manufacturing sports footwear.

It is based on marketing lies and continues to take advantage of those less fortunate and vulnerable to corporate greed.

It is not fair to just target one particular company but when ever overseas manufacturing is taken on board by corporations it generally means that the target is less manufacturing costs. Now this in any industry is quite acceptable profit, is the name of the game, but not at the expense of the workers involved.

The continuing plight of underpaid and exploited workers in overseas factories for sports footwear and the like is unacceptable and I find totally deplorable.

Even as a sustainable and conscientious decision for the health and betterment of the planet we do not need to fill up rubbish tips with unnecessary” worn-out sneakers”

getting the most out of  a running shoe


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So have a great run, what ever your choice is sans shoes or sweatshop production your choice 🙂

Barefoot running and Vegan Leather


The Ethical questions and practical considerations of being a vegan runner

I experimented with some audio on the run I do apologize there is a bit of wind noise and clicking sounds I could not get rid of. I have been very determined to get on top of all the challenges that learning how to get a Podcast up and running throws at you. It is not only the technical side of it but also the time commitment and dare I say Planning,that goes into getting an episode out.

I have listen to heaps of other peoples shows and never thought on the mechanics of putting something together that is presentable as a finished product. I have done audio and video on my blog watzzupsport for years  which I have now retired. but it is another kettle of fish as they say to get a work flow around a weekly or biweekly show.

When I get more comfortable with the audio and other consideration I will be able to concentrate on the content. I speak in this episode about the ethical issues I found myself dealing with as a vegan and using animal hides and ointments of an animal source.

Barefoot Ted Born to Run


A Barefoot runner is seen to be an oddity amongst a sea of motion controlled expensive footwear. The reality is that we were born to run and to run without the technology to stop us from “injuring” ourselves. The need for shoes in a work place environment has obviously to be taken into consideration, but the need to strap our feet into the latest footwear from the Nike sweatshop factory to be able to go out for a run is very far from the truth.

I have used an interview with a pioneer of the barefoot lifestyle Barefoot ted from the

Advendure Edge Radio Podcast

as he talks about the book BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall.  It is a good read and sets out to show how we evolved to be efficient long distance runners.

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Raw Food Endurance Athlete


Grant is a Raw Food Endurance Athlete who I know from the popular forum for  Raw Food

This is the second interview that I have done, and I recorded this ages ago, I do not know if I would be described as a masochist, or just plain stubborn, but there seems to be a lot of beating your head against a brick wall, getting to grips with the tools to deliver a podcast.

Grant runs retreats were you can indulge your passion of Raw foods and Good company

Treat yourself with a celebration of health and vitality at a time of year that most let their health slide.
Invite your family and friends to share the experience.
The retreat will be held at Myuna Bay, NSW from 3pm Thursday 9th December until 3pm Sunday 12th Dec, 2010.
Please bear with me while I get this podcasting thing sorted I am keen to explore a lot of things involved with a Rawfood athletic lifestyle.

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