Today I am going a few easy miles with Julia Chi Taylor.
Julia’s running journey has evolved greatly over the years, going from a highly ranked runner to now embracing barefoot running.
Her next big challenge will span a couple months and many miles all for a cause that’s close to her heart.
Barefoot Wasn’t the Answer, But Part Of the Process
Julia has only been running exclusively barefoot for about a year and the process hasn’t exactly been without challenges.
In her younger years, she encountered her share of injuries.
After reading Born To Run, she decided to give the barefoot method a try.
The first few attempts she found herself doing too much too soon and wasn’t successful.
Once she took the pressure off herself, she found it to be quite natural and slowly worked her way into it.
Her running history made her a good candidate for going sans shoes:
- She was born in Africa and ran barefoot growing up.
- Forefoot running came naturally to her.
- She always ran in light shoes which made the transition easier.
Trusting the process and embracing patience is key to any successful endeavor.
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Journey For a Purpose
The idea to run across Spain barefoot originated very organically.
Running to Julia means living life to the fullest.
Her run across the country will raise awareness and donations for Friends of Sussex Hospices.
End of life care shouldn’t be an afterthought and she wants to make sure of that.
Her run will span about 84 miles per week over the course of 7 weeks if all goes according to plan.
Foot care will be of utmost importance during her journey and she shares her routine.
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Julia’s website Barefoot Across Spain will document her journey in the following months. Make sure to also check out her website Soles Journey along with her YouTube Channel and Twitter to stay connected.
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