Where do I begin? My name is Leigh Scarber. I am a physical therapist living in Ventura, CA who has a love for minimalist and barefoot running. My running is fueled by delicious veggies and plant based foods, a loving, hyperactive triathlete/surfer husband, an undying love for the great outdoors, and my beautiful, wild son who inspires me to make him proud. I am a marathoner and ultramarathoner on a journey to discover just how far I can go, and just how many things I can learn on the way.
Every day, I get asked why I do what I do. Why do you run barefoot? Why do you wear those crazy toe shoes? Why don’t you eat beef? Wait, you don’t eat chicken either? My answer to these questions usually goes something like this: “How much time do you have? Let me tell you!!”
My mission is to educate friends, family, and anyone willing to listen about the joys of running and eating well. I truly believe that everyone can run and that everyone can live at their body’s full potential. So I ask you to come with me on this journey of the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious adventures that I’ve been on and that I’ll embark upon in the years to come.
I graduated from West High School in 2003 in Knoxville, TN, home of the Rebels. I then went on to study exercise science at the University of Tennessee where I graduated in 2007 with my B.S in Exercise Science. After that, I went even further down south to University of St. Augustine in sunny St. Augustine, FL for physical therapy school where I graduated in 2009 with my doctorate in physical therapy. In 2014, I received my GCS (Geriatric Clinical Specialist) through the APTA.