In preparation for the excitement of Born To Run 2013, I’m dredging up the archived videos from Saturday AND Sunday of 2012:
Trisha Reeves returns to the show from Barefoot Monologues to join me for a conversation about the infamous Born to Run Ultra Marathons 2013. What a weekend! You can sign up for Born to Run 2014. Don’t miss this special event that you can tell your grandchildren about! – Find Episode #86 on iTunes or …View full post
I am so pleased to announce this interview: Episode #85 features Julie Piatt. Julie talks with me about her spiritual journey, her incredible medical experiences, homeschooling, food, writing, her marriage to Rich Roll, her meditation series, their company Jai Lifestyle, her past relationships, and precious insights. – Find Episode #85 on iTunes or RSS Feed …View full post
I’m absolutely delighted to welcome author, podcaster and runner Cesar Torres who indulges me in a conversation I’ve been biting at the bit to have: the ins and outs of podcasting. We also touch on his book that I HIGHLY recommend… The Twelve Burning Wheels, and we check in about his journey coming out, how …View full post
If you’re a race director (or an aspiring one), you’re going to appreciate Dana’s story! Race director and barefoot runner Dana Smith joins Caity to talk about her barefoot journey – and her upcoming race, the Blue Blazes Ultra. – Find Episode #82 on iTunes or RSS Feed – right-click to download the MP3 – …View full post
I have a fantasy of interviewing Terry Gross, the host of the radio show Fresh Air. When I envision the interview, it’s a pivotal moment in my life and it takes me to the next level in my Talk Show Host journey. It is clear, in this fantasy conversation, that she and I are on equal ground. The New York Times later proclaims: “Caity McCardell is The West Coast Terry Gross.”
In my fantasy, I ask her probing, intimate, interesting questions. She’s comfortable and honest and tells stories she’s never told before – all because of my incredible interviewing skills. She laughs and blushes. I can feel the energy of who she truly is coming out, her essence spilling out between us, caught like a vacuum by the microphone and pouring out into the airwaves, into the ears and consciousness of the millions of people listening right then in that moment. There are tears and there is laughter. The eyes of listeners – talent agents, New York Times journalists, radio show producers, that girl who teased me in 6th grade – well up with emotion.
Terry and I easily perform the interview dance, like two people at a party holding each other on the dance floor. I conversationally guide her by the waist and she soars through the air. At one point she looks at me thoughtfully and says, “that’s a great question.”
There’s a moment in the interview when I pause with an interviewers internal debate: should I review what she just said and take it deeper or move on to my next question? Instantly, I know to go deeper. I think, “I’m Caity The-Deeper-The-Better McCardell” and I smile to myself at this. She later comments, “when I first interviewed a famous person I couldn’t smile – I was so nervous. You’re amazingly confident.”
The fantasy ends with me walking her out into the lobby. I move to shake her hand and she refuses, holding out her arms for a hug. She says, “let’s do this again,” and, unlike most famous people, she means it.
Stefan, Colin and I had a conversation last month that ended with a decision. Colin would stop going to school. He wasn’t happy in class, we didn’t see a match between Colin and the formal school environment, and we wanted him to have lots of time to explore interests without timelines. The plan: withdraw from school and indulge in violin, reading, aikido, nature class, random math when the interest strikes.
When he stopped going to school, the first thing Colin did was take off his shoes. The second thing he did was sleep in. Then he started playing his violin. And playing it some more, sometimes for four hours at a time.
Sometimes he walks casually up to Stefan’s guitar and plays Harry Potter riffs on it while it’s still upright in the stand. He pets the cats and folds the laundry, plays Minecraft and makes himself a snack. Right now we’re on the couch together – I’m writing while he watches Mythbusters.
Colin attends my Kid Connection radio show recordings. He sits in a booth with headphones on, absorbing everything my guests say. We go to the dog park with Nigel, both of them getting to know local canines who hang there. Colin spends time with his grandma, gardening, cooking and getting to know her more. He chills out with his dad. He was promoted to Junior class in his aikido dojo, and his sensei asked him to continuing attending Pre-junior classes as well to act as her assistant.
He and I went to the vet today to get our cat’s anal glands cleaned. They just don’t teach that in schools these days.
Frankly, we don’t care about curriculum. Stefan and I know that Colin will learn what he needs to learn, and he’ll pursue educational opportunities in his own time with coaching from us and from mentors and teachers in his life.
We’ve homeschooled before, so we have a connection with that community, but Colin isn’t missing friends and group activities. There are two homeschooled neighbors who are great friends, and Colin has six other friends here in Tierra Nueva cohousing. This isn’t a child missing connections with kids. He craves uninterrupted focus time.
I sound confident. I am not. Not a day goes by that I don’t think, “shit, are we going to regret this?” What if my child loses out on opportunities or isn’t prepared for some unknown future expectation?
But I remind myself that I trust the process, I value homeschooling, we’re not alone, this is not forever, and – most of all – I honor Colin. We know that, at least for now, this is what he needs. I am so grateful that our family has the flexibility to listen to our children’s preferences.
Today I’m delighted to publish my interview with Christopher McDougall, the author of the bestselling book Born To Run. Friends of the show know that I’ve been… shall we say… anticipating this experience for a while.
The focus of our conversation was on an upcoming foot race – the Born To Run Ultra Marathon – directed by Luis Escobar, who I interviewed in Episode 43. Luis is race director for several events, and you can sign up for any of them at AllWeDoIsRun.com, but I specifically hope this conversation with Chris McDougall encourages you to join us on May 18 in Los Olivos to enjoy Luis’ unique party that is the Born To Run Ultra Marathon.
Chris and I couldn’t talk about the event without venturing into a discussion of the Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco (the race featured in Chris’ book, created by Micah True, also known as Caballo Blanco), the painful experience of Caballo Blanco’s death, and Maria Luisa Walton (Caballo Blanco’s girlfriend and honored guest in Episode 57) and her influence on Caballo’s work. So it’s all there in this interview, including our detailed analysis of who this Luis Escobar is, anyway.
I LOVE hearing stories of transformation! Overcoming adversity is incredibly cool. Fighting the power and winning – that’s my cup of tea.
But Bob Nicol told me about change that isn’t as dramatic as all that – but just as sacred and wonderful. He told me about how he transformed from an introvert to a barefoot guy who embraces the mountains, his bare feet and life.
Join me for a conversation with Bob about ultra running, writing for Canadian Runner Magazine, minimalist shoes in the winter, and his barefoot wife, Nicole.
There’s a reason this barefoot runner has fans! And there’s a reason he doesn’t know it. Find out about the lovely, unpretentious, strong as hell Bob Nicol.
As I said in this episode, the barefoot running movement has been waiting for this poem!
I’m proud to share a perfect reflection of the experience many barefoot runners have, yet at the same time a highly personal experience of the author, Alice Keys. Don’t miss Barefoot, I Run and many other beautiful, timely words on her website!
Re-publishing this one!
In episode number 75 of Run Barefoot Girl, I chat with barefoot runner Lou Rantin about what I consider to be the most Zen of extreme sports: barefoot running in snow. That and form, food, fun and many other thoughts around our favorite topic!
Barefoot running geeks rejoice!
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy (EvidenceBasedFitnessAcademy.com) and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist Certification for health and wellness professionals. With over 11 years in the fitness industry, she has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.
One thing Dr. Splichal talks about is Short Foot Exercises, described in this video:
You might be aware of Souls4Souls – they were the inspiration of Rae Heim, who recently finished her run across the United States barefoot. Tracy Longacre talked about them recently on Run Barefoot Girl, criticizing them for bringing shoes to places in the world that don’t need them. Whether you’re a supporter or you’re critical of the organization, I do hope you listen to my conversation in episode #73.
Ultra runner and CEO of Souls4Souls, Buddy Teaster, joined me to share the organization’s goals, talk about the global need for shoes, and address some of the concerns of barefoot advocates.
I recently spent a week with my friend Vanessa Rodriguez, her boyfriend (Shacky), our fun-loving friend (Pat Sweeney) and Vanessa and Shacky’s dog (Ginger). Their presence brought a lightness to our home, my children loved hanging with them, and their energy inspired me to greatness.
Here’s a video of them talking about their time here in my town, Oceano, California, and their exciting plans for the future!
You will LOVE Vanessa’s hair!