The Inaugural Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore - in Luna Sandals (Venado/original)

The Inaugural Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore - in Luna Sandals (Venado/original)

You're out on a run. Your nose is getting stuffy, so you lean to the side for a quick farmer's blow. It's cold out, but you didn't realize how cold until you go to wipe your nose with the back of your glove to clear off any additional moisture -- only to find that it's already frozen around the edge of your nostril in mere seconds.

Welcome to the inaugural Asheville Marathon, held on the grounds of the beautiful Biltmore estate. "Well," I thought dramatically at around mile 20, "At least I'll die somewhere majestic."

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Free your Feet on the "Birthday of Independence!"

Free your Feet on the "Birthday of Independence!"

Originally posted on July 6, 2009; bumped to the top of the blog on July 4, 2010, and added a new photo from Aaron in New Jersey (see above)!

Some call the 4th of July the birthday of the United States — others, the birthday of independence. Of course, independence — freedom — has no birthday: it's just an idea that should be pursued. An idea worth remembering and celebrating.

Amidst the fireworks, celebrations, vacations, staycations, and libations, it's all too often that the message behind Independence Day is forgotten. As a refresher, that message is hinted at in the first sentence of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

No need to get into the particulars of meaning behind the above sentence. I'd rather just leave it as this: it is our nature as human beings to be free, and to live in accordance with the responsibilities that such freedom requires.

As a way to celebrate freedom, I suggested that you experience the sensation of freedom through your feet. And a few VFFers and barefoot enthusiasts did just that — and sent in photos and videos to document their experience!

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Knock-off Toe Shoes: Update on Counterfeit (Fake) Five Fingers

The above images depict typical stock imagery seen on counterfeit Vibram Five Fingers websites.  These are fakes!
The above images depict typical stock imagery seen on counterfeit Vibram Five Fingers websites. These are fakes!

The proliferation of counterfeit Vibram Five Fingers was first reported here on Birthday Shoes back in early April 2010. It's now about three months later, and though Vibram has and is taking public measures to combat the proliferation of these counterfeit toe shoes, it seems they are still as rampant as ever.

Amazingly, the list of fake Five Fingers online retail websites is now over 175 sites long!

What a mess —

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Edward Edmond's Minimalist Approach to Marathon Training utilizes Barefoot Running and Racing Flats

Edward Edmond's Minimalist Approach to Marathon Training utilizes Barefoot Running and Racing Flats
Edward on a training run through the German countryside wearing his Nike Air Zoom Streak XC 2 racing flats.

We first ran across Edward Edmonds a few weeks ago in a video of him running barefoot and posted it in our Link Love section. Later, we discovered from his blog that he trains in Europe full time as a runner with the goal of running a marathon under 2:20 and competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. We were curious about how he incorporates barefoot running into his training and contacted him for an interview. Although he does not run exclusively barefoot or in Vibram Five Fingers, he does run barefoot to improve his form and trains in very lightweight minimalist racing flats.

Below is what Edward shared with us —

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Seven Days at DisneyWorld were a Walk in the Park with Vibram Five Fingers Sprints

Jason at DisneyWorld
Jason and his kids enjoy a photo op with Sulley from Monsters Inc.

Anyone who has ever been to DisneyWorld knows there is a lot of walking involved and that South Florida can get pretty hot. If you are pushing strollers and carrying kids, it can feel more like work than a vacation. Armed with his Vibram Five Fingers Sprints, Jason was up to the challenge and had this to say about his vacation:

I took my family on a vacation to DisneyWorld in Orlando from May 31 to June 9 this year. We had 7 day passes to the Disney Parks and did one day at SeaWorld. I logged over 70 miles in my VFF Sprint's and the only problem I had was when I was forced to wear "real shoes" to the conference I was there for. Couldn't wait to get back to the hotel and put my VFF's on and hit the parks. It is the first time in my life I have spent that much time on my "flat feet" and not had a sore back or tired legs. They are truly unbelievable. Oh and by the way, the temp was mid to upper 90's the whole time, and my feet never got hot at all.

Jason, we hope after seven days of DisneyWorld you were able to log some time by the SeaWorld whale tank cooling off. Thanks for letting us know your Sprints were a great choice for all of that walking.

Weekend Link Love 6/27/10

BirthdayShoes Week in Review

The long awaited women's Vibram KSO Trek became availabile at CitySports. They retail for about $125 and you can get free shipping using the coupon code BIRTHDAY.

Sean, a competitive runner and Vibram Five Fingers fan from Canada, gaves us the run down on how he was motivated to try Vibrams after reading Born to Run and now does his track workouts in Classics.

Also, the World's First Five Fingers 5k, sponsored by Mahoney's, was held in Johnson City, TN. Nestor sent us a race report and some great scuttlebutt he gleaned from a Vibram rep on new products including a possible lace-up Bikila!

Finally, we can add another great application of Vibram Five Fingers to this list after Tony sent us this pic of him slicing through class 5 rapids.

After the jump, see links and videos related to barefoot running and, of course, Vibram Five Fingers!

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