Dear West LA friends–and all friends willing to drive to West LA early Saturday mornings,

Summer Group Run

Saturdays, 8:45 AM

Ocean Ave. & San Vicente Blvd in Santa Monica, CA

In an attempt to welcome and understand every niche in the diverse running community, Real Athletes have decided to explore the barefoot movement (among others).

Join us as we take off our shoes (or put on our Five Fingers) and  learn about the art of Chi running and how to run like our ancestors with the West LA Chi and Barefoot running Meetup group. Barefoot-like shoes and socks are welcome but as for me, I will brave the streets bare-soled!

If you cannot make it this weekend, no worries, we will be out there every Saturday–or however often Barefoot Ron plans to meet.

Mind you, since running is something very personal I would like to say that Real Medicine is not strictly attached to one group or another but open to all levels, styles, and beliefs. This is just the first one that we will be exploring. Have a style that you would like us to know about? Contact us! We would love to talk about it and share it with our team. Knowledge is power and what works for one person might not work for another so please, share the wealth!

Thanks for reading,

Allison, RMF Athletes for Real Medicine

More about Barefoot and Chi Running:

Barefoot running:

Meet Barefoot Ken Bob–OG Master and Commander of the movement

Science Daily: "People who don’t wear shoes when they run have an astonishingly different strike," says Daniel E. Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and co-author of a paper appearing this week in the journal Nature. "By landing on the middle or front of the foot, barefoot runners have almost no impact collision, much less than most shod runners generate when they heel-strike. Read more

Chi Running:

ChiRunning is about mental focus and combines the inner flow of T’ai Chi with the power and energy of running to create a revolutionary running form and philosophy that takes the pounding, pain, and potential damage out of the sport of running. The ChiRunning program increases mental clarity and focus, enhances the joy of running, and turns running into a safe and effective lifelong program for health, fitness, and well-being. Read more

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