Written By Barefoot Dawsy
As you have probably already noticed, BeginningBarefoot.com has undergone a minor facelift. I always liked the old theme, but Beginning Barefoot is growing up, and to reflect this, I thought a fresh new theme was in order.
The first big change is our logo. Gone is the styalised foot that we all knew and loved, and in is the new “man outrunning his shadow” logo. Before you ask, yes, it looks like he may be overstriding a touch, but this is just a trick of the light.
The logo is in fact based largely on a photo of Abebe Bikila, barefoot winner of the 1960 Rome Olympics Marathon.
I’ve decided to keep some of the elements of the old logo to tie it all together, so you may recognise the shape of the shadow as coming from the original logo. I’ve also kept the colour scheme consistent, because I really like that shade of blue!
Beginning Barefoot has been around for nearly a year now, and in that time, we’ve published over 60 articles and more than 1200 tweets. We’ve found our footing and place in the barefoot community, and I figured it was time that we have a clear, concise tagline to define our misssion. And here it is:
Feel Better Running
I think it sums up what I want to convey with this site. New barefooters should be really focusing on how it feels, before worrying about speed or distance.
They should have a better experience of running than they may have had in the past. I get a lot of comments from readers telling me that they actually enjoyed running for the first time when they went barefoot. This is what I want to see more of!
Of course, this is primarily a site about running! Sure, there have been a few articles on non-running topics, but primarily, this blog is all about learning to run barefoot, and all the stuff that surrounds that. Going forward, I’d like to add more running content, and would love to hear more stories from you all!
Finally, when you take your shoes off to run, I want you to feel how much better running is when you do it barefoot. You might even feel better than you used to by decreasing the impact forces on your joints and enjoying the health benefits of barefoot running.
The changes that you see today are largely cosmetic, but they are signs of what’s to come. I hope to keep bringing you high-quality posts, tips, and how-tos. If you follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, expect to see links to other great blogs, competitions and news from the barefoot running community.
I would like to thank you all for making the first year of Beginning Barefoot a huge success and look forward to sharing more with you all down the track.