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Barefoot

the bad, the ugly and now the good…

Look ma - no injuries!

Look ma – no injuries!

Okay, so in my previous blogs I have referred to how I evolved into running barefoot

So far you have seen blogs of the injuries I have inccured and the issues I have faced.  Because yes, running barefoot can cause injuries.

Yet I still run barefoot.   Well the injury referred to is extremely recent and very much in my fore mind as I prepare for the biggest run ever – my first marathon. Shod or not, any injury would be my primary focus right now.

As you can see in this photo – over 400 km at this particular point with no injury.

I do not really run in shoes.  But I did not say I have not run in shoes.  I still do on the right occasion run in running shoes – my New Balance Vibrams.  I tried sporadically to get off the couch on occasion in the last 3 years and to run.

  • I duly put on my cheap pretty pink running shoes I bought on special at Target, and went for a run.  And returned with sore ankles.  So gave up. Too old.  
  • A few months later again I went out and returned with sore knees, and gave up. Too unfit.  
  • A few months later again I went out and returned with burning feet, and gave up – too overweight.

Eventually mocking from my family forced me back on the road again, and as previously explained I ditched the shoes and found freedom from nagging injuries that were particular to me or my style of running.

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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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One thought on “the bad, the ugly and now the good…

  1. Hiya – great! Now flick in a few photos.

    Of toes.

    XX

    Like

    Posted by Simon H | August 27, 2014, 4:25 pm

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