“Barefoot Ted” McDonald became a cult hero after his depiction as a freewheeling, fun-loving, shoe-hating ultrarunner in Christopher McDougall’s “Born to Run.”
To the uninitiated, barefoot trail running may sound counter-intuitive. But Barefoot Ted’s colorful approach should sound familiar to beer runners.
And now, I’m very excited to have Barefoot Ted share his philosophy on the Beer Runner.
The Beer Runner: What are your beer runner credentials?
Barefoot Ted: I must admit my beer drinking and running days are not as numerous as when I ran with the Wild Mountain Runner Club in Los Angeles. My Mexican-American buddies taught me to enjoy a cold Corona after a hard trail run…and it was good in the dry heat of LA. We called it our sports drink. The first one after a hot run was nourishing to mind and body.
BR: Do you think beer runners and barefoot runners have anything in common?
BT: They probably enjoy life a little more. Carpe diem folks.
BR: Are you a lot like you are described in “Born to Run,” or do you think it was a dramatization?
BT: I think McDougall did an amazing job of trying to capture my personality. He did not fail, albeit there are some flaws.
BR: How’s life after “Born to Run” came out?
BT: Freakishly busy and amazing. Feeling blessed and privileged to be playing a small role in getting people to enjoy running and moving barefoot in the world.
BR: You once drank a beer at 6 a.m. before completing a 78 mile run barefoot. Do you think the beer helped?
BT: Nope, that was a mistake. Don’t recommend beer before a race; however, one of my Mexican running buddies in LA was known to drink quite a few before a marathon. I don’t recommend it though. There is a beer story on my blog on my second summit of Mt. Whitney…the beer and burger I had in the Whitney Portals coming down was one to remember forever…pure bliss.
BR: What’s on the horizon for Barefoot Ted?
BT: Building my sandal company, expanding my coaching business, public speaking, a book, a beer.
BR: Anything else you’d like to add?
BT: Be good to yourself. Drink in moderation, but enjoy each sip when you do….barefoot of course.