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Barefoot

Do I get grubby feet?

my feet fresh after a 6km morning run .. about to hop into the shower...

my feet fresh after a 6km morning run .. about to hop into the shower…

Well.. it depends on what you call grubby…

One would normally take a shower after a run, so you tend to ensure your feet are clean??  After all I cannot go to work barefoot now can I? And I tend to wear stockings a lot..

I am not a terribly modern woman with fancy nails, and nail polish on hands or feet, I have never had a pedicure, and my mother has tried a few manicures on me, but my nails were never meant to be fussed.  So just clean neatly trimmed nails does it for me.

Obviously more care has to be taken with the toe nails as grit and stuff does get under the nail.  And when running on drier sandy surfaces or muddy areas, well a good soak afterwards does the trick.

One bonus is my soles are in excellent condition.  No cracked heels, no funny wonky skin, no calluses (seriously), never had bunions or any other toe/foot issue.   I get a daily exfoliation, for free…An excellent foot massage, for free…

What early bare foot runners may discover is scuffed toes.  But as in all things, you only need to scuff your toes once or twice and you will quickly learn the value of picking up your 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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