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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Outdoors in the Pacific Nothwest with Vibram KSO Treks, Camping and Hiking

Jake at Olympic National Park
I have a little traditon where I always do a Burpee on top a mountain or on the end of the trail. Climbed up on a rock that was into the lake 10 feet or so.... my friend and photographer Jeremy, shot several photos, but this one turned out the best.

Jake, a Vibram Five Fingers fan and Personal Trainer, recently hiked through Olympic National Park in the state of Washington. We noticed a cool picture (above) he posted on the BirthdayShoes Facebook page, and had to find out more. Here are a few more pics and what Jake shared with us about his hike:

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Weekend Link Love 7/11/10

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Matthew McConaughey's girlfriend, Brazilian model and designer Camila Alves, was spotted wearing a pair of Vibram Five Fingers Classics while McConaughey decided to carry his Sprints and wear flip flops.

We thought it was very intersting to see open minded Podiatrist, Dr. Randy Beckman, give barefoot running a go after reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

Leah McLaren discovers Vivo Barefoot shoes by Terra Plana as a less "weird-looking" minimalist alternative.

We got a kick out of this "barefoot running" article that mentions Vibram Five Fingers, but is mostly an ad for traditional marshmallow running shoes.

Former track and cross-country coach, Michael Legault, is not a fan of running shoes and says to go barefoot!

Our friends to the north in Saskatoon are getting into the barefoot running movement.

Running blogger, Courtney, is happy about her new Bikilas!

After the jump, see the latest barefoot related videos and an overview of blog posts from this past week.

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U.S. Marine Captain uses his Vibram Five Fingers KSOs for Track, Crossfit and Boating

Patrick relaxing on the Saco
I snapped this picture of the Saco River and my KSO's. They didn't even have any "river stink" on them when the dried out at the hotel later.

Patrick, a U.S. Marine Captain and Vibram Five Fingers fan, sent us the above photo and had this to say about his recent canoeing trip to the Saco River:

Love reading your blog entries. I took a trip back to Braintree, Massachusetts to visit my family. We love going canoeing up in Conway New Hampshire. We've been going to the same Saco Bound company for years now. I live in San Diego so it has been a while since I made it up there. The last time I was up, I told my Mom I was pretty sure I was going to marry the current girl I was dating. Our wedding is now in 6 months after my fiance returns from Afghanistan. My fiancé Ingrid is a Lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps. She gets home in about two months and we get married Jan 15, 2011.

The KSO's made awesome boat shoes for my trip. I bought my KSO's mainly for doing some track workouts and crossfit workouts. I've noticed my feet get stronger and my calves thicker as well. Throughout the trip, having dexterity in my toes allowed me to stand in the canoe with some extra balance.

Thanks for the photo Patrick and best wishes to you and Ingrid.

wiki - The Saco River is a river in northeastern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine in the United States.

Review of Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves (For faster Post-Running Calf Recovery)

Review of Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves (For faster Post-Running Calf Recovery)

By Tim KelleyAbout the Author

I got my first pair of VFFs more than a year ago and have been using them for triathlons, hiking and running. I started with Sprints and quickly added a pair of Flows and now I am training for Ironman Florida this November in a pair of Bikilas.

A few weeks ago I got an email from Justin asking if I would be willing to test and review a non-shoe related piece of running gear. Athletic apparel company, Zensah, had recently come across BirthdayShoes.com and wanted to do a promotion with their compression leg sleeves.

The idea behind compression clothing is that it lightly squeezes your muscles and forces more blood flow to those areas, which in turn removes toxins that build up from exercise. While some people don’t care much for compression wear, I am a big fan and have tried a number of different company’s compression clothing items ranging from compression socks and calves sleeves, to shorts and full compression tights so I was excited to give Zensah a try.

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