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How far can you run barefoot?

Look ma - no injuries!

Look ma – no injuries!

Okay, so this is a question that is raised at every event I run barefoot.

PersonalIy I actually do not know.  So far the furthest I have run barefoot was 32km training run, which was 2 weeks ago, and next week I plan to run the 42km marathon barefoot.  My first adult marathon.  Ever. (oops will not be counting what I ran as a teenager in the 1980’s – far to much water under the bridge since then).

According to my running app, I have run over 1300km since I started tracking in July 2013.   So most definitely I have run well over 1000 km’s barefoot in the last year.

Generally I have been comfortable up to 15km barefoot, and then I can feel the pads of my feet getting a little sensitive on rough roads.  However I have now managed a few half marathons barefoot, and my feet have been fine.

When I ran 29km it was not so simple.  That is only 8km longer than the half marathons I have already run barefoot in recent months.  But as far as my bare feet were concerned, that extra distance was another milestone altogether.




About Dale-Lyn

Hi, I am in my mid forties and run barefoot. Mostly really barefoot, sans any form of foot protection. My claim to fame for this blog, is that I have run my first full marathon completely and really barefoot, in a respectable time of 4:16. Scroll through my posts and enjoy them - all with a good sense of humour too. My story is simply my story of running barefoot, brought about by all the various questions people ask me. I am not a specialist of any sort or any particular athlete or doctor or guru. I am an average woman who runs barefoot, enters a few club runs and a few fun runs. I run races from 5km to marathon. I love trail running, and include chats about my trail adventures. To date, although I only started running end of August 2013, I have done nearly 2000km, of that at least 1500km in barefeet. Real barefoot. No minimalist shoes. Although when I do run in shoes I use my zero drop mimimus ones (haha - they are my ONLY pair of running shoes..) The blog tells of my journey through life, on the road, barefoot. The journey my real barefeet go through when they connect with the road. The emotions my real barefeet bring out - in me, in passers by, in fellow runners. The aggressive reactions and debates as to the well being of the real bare-feet I run in. The passive acceptance of my real bare-feet and their exposure to the elements. The humour to show those real bare-feet of mine are not just a piece of running equipment, a statement, a leftie or a rightie, but real flesh and blood feet with real issues. An interesting post note..I commenced my first active run in August 2013 progressing sporadically. But it really was only from May 2014 that I started running on a consistent and slightly more serious note and slightly faster than walking pace. I am scheduled to run my Comrades Marathon in May 2015..that is a massive progression from walk/shuffle er um excuse me look at me run.. to aiming to run a World famous Ultra. Some one pinch me please!


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