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Tapering down for the barefoot marathon…

Perth Half Marathon July 2014. Here I ran with my new Balance Vibrams as the course was not barefoot friendly.

Perth Half Marathon July 2014.
Here I ran with my new Balance Vibrams as the course was not barefoot friendly.

Okay, so this week there will not be much more on running or the effects as I am tapering down for the marathon, attending college 4 nights a week, and still work full time.

So as previously advised I do have a pair of New Balance Vibrams, which I bought after much disgust from my son for my barefoot antics (“Mom, you can afford a pair of shoes – you are embarrassing me…).

So I tootled down to a local and vibrant shop and training centre here in Perth called The Running Centre.  Here Alex kindly listened to my issue about having to wear shoes, but not actually liking shoes, and so he said try Vibrams.   Now I do not mind traipsing around with what mother nature blessed me, but five finger shoes I must say were not exactly exciting me in the “image” department.  So Alex said “try these”… and handed me a pair of New Balance Vibrams ( full round toe foot).  Now I actually do quite like these shoes.  Hey, they even match my running cap.  When do I wear them?  Well mostly when I do trail running and obstacle course racing, as I find they fit me like a glove, and when I do interval training, as the speed on the sprints is quite something.  Also I used them at my recent half marathon where I was obliged to wear running shoes as the particular course was very rough, and I have previously experienced this, and if I run on the grass next to it, the grass along the edge is too long, clumpy and springy so hurts my ankles.  Therefore when required, I WILL don my only pair of running shoes.

One must be sensible.  

But oh.  

The run was fine and I hit another PB.  Oddly from that day on my hip/leg commenced its niggling injury.  Now, I have no idea what caused the injury or why I got an injury.  But I do find it strange that after running barefoot for several months with no issues, my first road race with shoes, albeit minimalist, I am nursing injuries.   

I do not need science to tell me that my form was obviously out ergo – my foot environment was different…..http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/born-to-run-the-marathon/

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!


2 thoughts on “Tapering down for the barefoot marathon…

  1. Excellent Blog please keep writing and sharing your experiences with us.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by milazim80 | August 26, 2014, 12:23 am
  2. God Bless your Soul or should I say Soles…Zola would be proud.
    Interestingly, it may simply be mothers natures protective reaction to prevent your new runners from getting stolen whilst out pounding the Street of Hillbrow.

    Good luck with the City to Surf.. You are mental:)


    Posted by chris bardsley | August 27, 2014, 11:11 am

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