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five finger update

While on a break from my routine, I took my Five Fingers to Cameron Park in Waco this morning. I have completed a couple of 50k runs there, and I still believe it is the best kept secret in Texas for mountain biking and trail running.

I love the park, and with the many new improvements, it's better than ever. The trails rise and fall to the river and you can run in stands of Cedars and Bamboo. It's rugged, wooded, with steep elevation changes. Things every tail runner loves.

The trails are well-marked, and if you need hill training or just want to get outdoors, it's the place to go. I covered some of the hardest and longest in the Park: Highlander, Powerline, and Powder Monkey. I took some green trails, too, but no black ones--that I know of. The trails have exposed rock face as well as packed dirt. Where water had drained and loosened the limestone rocks was the hardest on the feet.

I put in 2 hours on the trails.

Here's my take on the continuing argument for or agains…

barefoot running and discipleship

As some of you know, I have begun to run and exercise in Vibram Five Fingers. After a rocky start, I have settled down to running and exercising (boot camp mostly) in them regularly. (I also do my lighter yard work in them.)

Once my calves and Achilles tendons stretched enough to keep my heels on the ground, I have been good to go. I don't plan on going back to elevated sole running shoes again.

I have run as far as 6 miles on concrete without complications and over an hour on trails with only an occasional stick between the toes and rock on my instep (the worst-but rarest-pain of barefoot running). The muscle and hip pains that halted my running in shoes have subsided, and running like I did when I was a kid has put me back on the road and trails at age 56.

So, what does barefoot running have to do with discipleship?

For those of you here because of the barefoot running title, discipleship is a biblical term for an apprentice of Jesus. When someone trusts Jesus is who he says he is (…