Eddie Izzard to run 27 Barefoot Marathons in Africa

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running | Posted on 11-05-2012

Eddie Izzard to run 27 marathons in 27 days in AfricaYou may know him as COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard, or ACTOR Eddie Izzard.

But Eddie is also an impressive ultra-runner.

Eddie previously ran at least 27 miles a day, 6 days a week, for 7 weeks to raise money for Sport Relief.

Eddie Izzard running marathonsNow, Eddie is planning to run 27 marathons in 27 days in Africa to honor Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in jail. And he plans to run them barefoot or in minimalist shoes!

They’ll be making a documentary about this and, not surprisingly, I think he should be wearing Invisible Shoes… but not just because I’d like the PR, or because I’d love to hang out with Eddie (both of which are true).

I think they’re the perfect shoe for him, of course, since they are:

  • The lightest footwear he’ll find
  • Can handle water better than any other
  • Don’t smell
  • Have our 5,000 mile warranty
  • Can be repaired, if necessary (but unlikely), with easy to find local tools and products
  • Have the best barefoot feel

But, more importantly, Invisible Shoes are based on an OLD idea… one that you see in Africa. And, ironically, Africa is one place in the world that’s suffering from diseases that people pick up from walking barefoot.

So, my fantasy is that Eddie can supply Invisible Shoes to the villages he runs through. And more than just give away shoes, show them how they can use them and… hey, get creative and come up with other uses, beyond footwear!

I can imagine a number of ways that a high-tech rubber sole could have other purposes… and some comedic ones as well (can you say bra and jockstrap?).

If you think Eddie should be using Invisible Shoes in Africa, let him know — Twitter:  Facebook:

Randy Kreill’s Marathon Huarache Tying Technique

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running Shoes, Barefoot Sandals, Running Sandals, Training for Running | Posted on 26-04-2012

Invisible Shoe customer Randy Kreill the opposite of me.

I’m a “short sprinter”. The 100m and the 60m (indoor) are my races of choice. I run a 200m under protest. And, yes, I’m also a “short sprinter” in that I’m 5’5″ ;-)

Randy, on the other hand, is a tall, ultra-runner.

Here’s a picture of him finishing up his first 50k in his 4mm Connect barefoot sandals.

Randy Kreill in his Invisible Shoes barefoot sandals

Personally, I don’t even like to DRIVE 50k. ;-)

Randy is also one of those guys who likes to experiment. He started with the basic huarache tying pattern, but tweaked it to something he uses for his long-distance runs. It’s not a slip-on/slip off style, but you can lace it up pretty quickly. It has a bit of a toga-style look about it. And one thing it does nicely is pull the ankle holes up around your foot.

If I were going to use this style (just the tying style…trust me, I won’t ever consider running ultra-distances), there are two things I’d consider changing.

  1. Add another knot under the outside ankle hole once you’re confident that you have the various lace lengths correct. If you do this, you’ll have to adjust the lengths, since adding a knot will shorten the toe strap or heel strap, depending on how you tie it. What this will do is further “lock in” the lacing.
  2. Coat those ankle knots with a layer of epoxy or Shoe Goo. While this style pulls the ankle holes off the ground nicely, the knots add a bit of extra material that’s closer to the ground. Add this to the fact that when people are just starting out with long-distance barefoot-style running, they tend to lose their form when they get tired. If you really lose it, you could end up heel-striking or scraping your feet a bit. If you do either of those, you could put some friction on those knots under the ankle holes. The Shoe Goo or epoxy will add some extra protection to the laces in those spots.

One of my favorite things about the barefoot running / minimalist footwear movement is that people are experimenting and coming up with more ideas and improvements to 15,000 year old ideas (like barefoot sandals) in the last 2 years than there have been in the last 14,998 years.

Keep it up everyone.

And good luck, Randy, on those amazing runs!

Are we really Born To Run? Ask Christopher McDougall…

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running, Tarahumara running | Posted on 05-02-2011

Are we really born to run? If so, what allows us to run as far as we do for as long (into old age) as we do?

Here’s what Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run, says at his TEDx talk: