So this is the sole of my foot, with 5 days left till the marathon. Note the thorn in my heel. Lucky I do not really use my heel much in running.
So as you will be aware, I am not particularly a fan of dark, cold, wet early mornings.
This mornings taper run of 6 km, (don’t you just love the word “taper”? slowww it dowwwn…).
Well the 6 km run was pretty cruisy, weather is warming up nicely, sun is rising just in time, and I did not even put on a long sleeve this morning.
So am showing you what my pre marathon bare feet look like. 5 days to go… Photo taken post my 6km run and shower this morning 26/08/14.
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!
Good luck. You should end up with an interesting story to tell and it’ll be interesting to hear what emotions you experience during the course of running 42 kilometers barefoot.
I often find that running barefoot or walking barefoot stimulates powerful feelings, that resonate deeper than those I knew when I ran shod or hiked around in shoes. That may not occur in all people, but to me it’s quite real, profound and important.