Running Shoeless and Traveling the World with Julia Chi Taylor

Today I am trekking foreign scenery with life long runner and traveler Julia Chi Taylor.

Julia Chi Taylor

Julia Chi Taylor

Julia and her husband recently sold most of their possessions in the pursuit of a nomadic way of life.

To explore her new locations, she chooses to run the local streets and trails.

Her footwear of choice? None.

Early Beginnings

Julia can remember the need to run starting at an early age and that drive has never faded.

Basically born running, at 6 years old Julia decided she wanted to be a runner when she grew up.

She has always had the desire to see how fast she could run, so Julia would enter herself races to challenge herself because she knew the competition would push herself to become even greater.

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Withstanding the Test of Time

Running has remained a constant outlet for Julia, and it doesn’t seem like that will change any time soon.

Despite her age, Julia has no intentions of slowing down.

In fact, the inner 19 year-old in her still tells her that she can still run as she always has.

While running has changed quite a bit over the past 40ish years that Julia has been running, at its core running is still simply running.

In order to keep running fresh, Julia recommends regularly trying new events. She has moved her way through marathons, ultras and now running barefoot.

And who knows what will be next for her?

Julia Chi Taylor on the Trail

Julia Chi Taylor on the Trail


A Nomadic Way of Life

Over the course of a year Julia and her husband sold virtually all of their possessions and began a life of constant travel.

Their travels have taken them all over the world, and they regularly find themselves staying in a location for only a few weeks at a time.

Julia has even found that even while living as a nomad, she regularly works as much (0r more!) than she did in the past!

No Shoes, No Problem

Julia Chi Taylor Sans Shoes

Julia Chi Taylor Sans Shoes

Being barefoot has always been normal for Julia.

When she was a child, running almost never included shoes.

Barefoot running compliments Julia’s natural style.

While experimenting with shoes in an attempt to balance out some injures, Julia realized her best foot wear was nothing at all!

When it comes to staying healthy and injury free while running barefoot, Julia recommends taking it slow.

It’s also important to do some exercises to maintain the strength and mobility in your feet.

And whether or not you have any desire to try barefoot running, taking care of your feet is definitely a good idea!

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