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Barefoot

Progressing from 29km barefoot to 32km barefoot.. another milestone.

Assessing the impact on the feet - this is taken at the 22km mark.  Used plaster as a method of showing the effect of wear and tear on the skin - my foot soles are to tough so not an effective marker.

Assessing the impact on the feet – this is taken at the 22km mark. Used plaster as a method of showing the effect of wear and tear on the skin – my foot soles are to tough so not an effective marker.

Once again these slight increments do make a difference.

  • Now running 5km barefoot – no problem for me.
  • Running 10km barefoot – no problem for me. After a number of 5km runs building up my strength and stamina over a month.
  • Running 15km barefoot – no problem – to date my most comfortable distance and attempted over gradual increment increases.
  • Running 20km barefoot – will be inclined to assess the route first before heading out, or choosing a route I know will be kind to my feet.  Once on such route – no problem for me.
  • Running 25km barefoot – have done this on idyllic weather days with preplanned assessed routes and was good for me.  First time my feet felt a little sensitive from the 20km mark.
  • Running 29km barefoot – Owie.  Combination of not good factors
    • I am running with some form of injury
    • Sheer stubborness
    • I was not able to preview the route
    • It was a cold early morning run (starting in the dark)
    • the road, and grass were wet, puddles every where
    • The surfaces were littered with loose gravel, gum nuts, twigs and general storm debris.

Okay next gradual increment was 32km.. Only a 3km increment.

That is 3km increment in distance running for me, AND barefoot running for me.  Double whammy.

Having learnt some valuable lessons from my infamous 29km route I prepared myself a little better.   This training run would have similar challenges to my 29km run.

  • Early morning 
  • Cold
  • Wet
  • Natures left overs

Also by now with all the various questions etc I get about running barefoot, the outright disapproval from my friends and family (none of whom have ever run barefoot I might add) the inquisitive responses from other runners, I am thinking more about what I do and why.  I have surfed the web for information on what happens –

  • Is my sons adamant outrage at my barefoot running warranted?  
  • My family’s statement to “put some bladdy shoes on!”
  • My friends saying it is an “attention seeking” move?
  • What actually happens to your feet?
  • How do you manage it?
  • At the end of the race people politely asking if they can see the soles of my feet.

Yet, I was surprised that I cannot seem to find the answers to the above questions/statements.  Every thing I do find mostly actually refers to running WITH minimalist shoes of a form, and refers to various technical running information and various scientific and medical research papers.  The real barefoot running information is over relatively short distances, with the exception of Abebe Bikila as referenced at

  • http://www.olympic.org/videos/abebe-bikila-barefoot-to-olympic-gold
  • In 1960, 28 year-old Abebe Bikila amazed the world when, unknown and unheralded, he won the Olympic marathon. He attracted the world’s attention not only by being the first East African to win a medal, but also because he ran the event barefoot. Four years later, in Tokyo, he won again – this time with shoes.
  • 8/25/1960 12:00:00 AM

http://www.olympic.org/videos/abebe-bikila-barefoot-to-olympic-gold

And so the idea for my blog was born.  To track my personal experience of running barefoot, and track what actually happens to my feet.

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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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