Reborn running

Skateboarding isn’t dangerous. Running is! Running has put me in the hospital twice, and bestowed upon me dozens of injuries over the years. As my knee slowly and surely heals, I’ve been rethinking my future running career. Hey, I want to run another 30 years.

Thanks largely to a pretty wonderful book, Born to Run. It’s got me into the idea of “chi running.” Running lightly with minimal foot cushion, feeling the ground. I’m gonna give up running (as) fast (as possible) in favor of running along the trails with more sensitivity, lightly.

Tuesday night was my first run since the operation a month ago. I wore these Sanuk shoes. They’re pretty close to being barefoot, just a bit of cushion, they’re made by surfers. I ran about 4 miles on coastal trails, with a bit of Ron Rahmer-type bushwhacking. It felt good to feel the trail with my feet.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Reborn running

  1. Good for you Lloyd! I've made the transition to minimal footwear and have seen amazing results. My chronic knee and back pain have eased off drastically and I can handle many more miles when I head out for a walk (still too fat to try running!). If you like the results of running in Sanuks, look into the Vivo Barefoot Evo, New Balance Minimus (when it comes out), or go all the way to true freedom…barefoot!

    Keep it up, I'm anxiously awaiting the tiny house book…I aspire to live in under 200 sq ft one day!


  2. I want to try to run like this or maybe barefoot…
    One question:
    is it dificult to learn the new movements and don't run on the heels?

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