Had the fantastic opportunity to get up to New York City for the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run this past weekend. Special thanks to Merrell Barefoot for getting me up there — you want to talk about a company that cares about an authentic supporter of the minimalist footwear and actually barefoot running/walking/whatever movement! They flew a slew of us bloggers, runners, and otherwise up to NYC and put us up in a hotel for the weekend simply to bend our ear for a few hours about where all this is going. Thank you, Merrell, and major props to Emily and Craig (And everyone else who made it happen).

Who was there? What happened? Who ran a sub-5 minute mile on Saturday for fun? Want to hear about what’s coming down the pipe from Chris McDougall regarding the upcoming Born to Run movie or his next book? Read on!

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Friday — made it to NYC!

I got to spend my Friday night in NYC with my good buddy Tuck of Yelling Stop (And finally got to check out his custom Munson Last Russell Mocs in person), barefoot runner extraordinaire Barefoot Josh, and the good Peter Larson of RunBlogger.com — not to mention Emily and Craig of Merrell. Discussion quickly turned to running, shoes, science, biomechanics, and, well, kids.

After a few drinks Tuck, Pete, and I hopped over to Pop Pub where we hung out with Barefoot Ken Bob, Barefoot Ted, and running coach/guru Lee Saxby. Some riveting discussion about shoes and biomechanics ensued between Tuck and Lee (And Tuck ultimately got a coaching session with Lee on Saturday) — in Tuck’s own words:

I had the chance to speak to him prior to the session, and it was quite amusing, since the last time I’d spoken to him (at the VivoBarefoot store in NYC), I’d told him that I think coaches are unnecessary if the “Born to Run” hypothesis is true. He was curious why I wanted a coaching session with him.

We cabbed it back home and called it a night at the uber-hipster-esque Ace Hotel (Cool atmosphere with hipster service — what a combo!).