Okay so today is the 24 August 2014, and with a little assistance from my son, I am setting up my first blog.
So why? Who am I?
Well the purpose of this blog principally is that I run barefoot. Yep, totally barefoot. No shoes. And I get a lot of questions. A lot of “You should nots” a lot of “How do you DO that” and, yes well frankly every one has some thing to say about it. Well naturally because of every ones kindly concern, I figured I should do a fair amount of research on this. And wallah, there are plenty of websites and blogs about barefoot running. However I notice the vast majority count barefoot running with minimalist shoes. I also noticed that I cannot really seem to find an encompassing blog/website that answers the kinds of questions I get. NOT saying those blogs and websites are not there, just I have not found them yet..
So before we go any further I will give a little bio on who I am.
Firstly, I love to talk. About anything. My family & my boys principally, and then anything, but I will try and keep to the point with this blog.
I am woman in her mid forties, who lives in Perth, Western Australia. Originally from South Africa. I am 1m 55cm (5ft 1″) and of average weight. I am not an athlete, or fitness guru, just a full time working mom, doing additional studies and started to run to get fit.
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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