Barefoot Terry completes his first 50 mile race

May 21, 2013

Terry Orsi, aka Barefoot Terry, recently completed his first 50 mile event.  We talk to Terry about how he began running barefoot, why he advocates barefoot running and how he keeps his feet “smooth as a baby’s bottom”.

Terry’s Blog
Barefoot Runners Society

Terry hoka terry last gasp

Closing Song: Feel Good Inc – Single by Gorillaz

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  • This was an wonderful podcast. Been BF running for over two years and I an also an evangelist of the style. Thanks so much for doing this interview. I am still laughing about the Hoka Oreo.

    Now, tell me, what is the brand of that padded tape. I must have some of that! 🙂

    • Terry Orsi

      Hi Michael!

      I was too lazy to go and get some seriously good tape. I think it was just Band-aid brand padded tape (kinda like moleskin on a roll)and some regular old athletic tape. Hahaha! This was my cheap “emergency plan”. Turns out I needed it!

      Thanks for listening!!! Perhaps one day we’ll see each other on the trail!

      • Thanks Terry. I have been using a silk like surgical tape, but once the the sweat pumps get going it tends to fall off. Bandaids work well, but are hard to stick to a sweaty foot. 🙂 Maybe I should just pack some “Spackle” in my kit.

      • Terry,
        Don’t you think it is unnatural to run a 50-mile trail race?

        Please don’t get me wrong. I run barefoot as much as I can.

        But the podcast made me think that it is too much suffering to try such a feat.

  • Terry Orsi

    Hi Adolfo,

    I would not say it is unnatural to run a 50-mile race. The blister that developed early in the race was a very unusual occurrence. I have never previously had such a blister, especially at the mileage that it developed. The second thing is that I would not say that I “suffered” too much. I felt great at mile 31 and, generally speaking, pretty good until mile 47. The last climb of 1000 feet over 3 miles is tough, especially when tired. Perhaps not everyone has the desire to run 50+ miles. If you have the desire to run ultra distances, then I say go for it! If not, no worries, no criticism.

    If I was to attempt another 50 mile race or even a 100 mile race, I would have to seriously consider some type of footwear (very minimal – Sockwas or huaraches). I have not come to that decision yet. So, we shall see what the future holds.