Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Own Clarifying Remarks

Recently I learned that a reporter from the Spokesman Review was doing an article about barefoot running and--thanks to someone else there who knew I was doing this--my name came up. I agreed to be interviewed and photographed. The reporter also went for a short run with me and she ran without shoes for a bit to see what it was like.

So this morning I open the paper and I'm greeted with this article (dang it, login is required).

It's a nice article, but I'm just a little disappointed because she mentioned a fellow in Spokane who's been running barefoot for many years. I had also pointed the reporter to EvilElf. Unfortunately, neither of them are in the article. I don't know what happened, but it's a shame they're not in there. The article would've conveyed much more had it contained multiple experiences.

There is one inaccuracy:

So – how does a barefoot runner keep his feet clean?

Greer laughs: “You do get calluses and I do use a pumice stone in the summer, but it’s not like there’s dirt caked to my feet when I’m done running.”

I never said anything about using a pumice stone. Nor do I or have I ever used one so I don't know where that came from. And I can't explain why I feel so strongly about denying the use of one.

She also forgot to mention that running is fun.


Spokane Al said...

Congratulations on the celebrity. Even with the small errors, there are certainly a lot worse things that one could be noted for.

And I will second your motion - running is fun (along with biking and swimming of course).

Anonymous said...

Nice interview Hank.

I think now that you are running you need to get into swimming.

good luck and see you at the annual Christmas party

John Martinek

Anonymous said...

OMG, Hank, the thought of you with a pumice stone....! (And why in the world would she think you would want to buff off your hard-earned callouses??)

Sherry said...

A pumice stone?! You?

Pat S said...

Great article, Hank, I really enjoyed it.

(Plus, I know what to get you for Christmas, now ;-)