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The real barefoot support. Thank you.

I must acknowledge here that today I got immense support out on the field.  Various runners ran alongside me to encourage me.  To talk to me about barefoot running, and just marathon running.  I even had several of the lead professional racers on the pass by’s acknowledge my efforts!   

Several shout outs from people I passed in all the various events.  Various running club supporters calling out either my name, or BAREFOOT.   And this occurred along 80% of the whole 42km course.   

I am overwhelmed with the positive support and encouragement I got to keep on going and the huge level of respect that was very evident in fellow runners.  This support was for just running, and to keep on running and for BAREFOOT running.

I hope that my efforts will make others think about the media and the marketing skills of various manufacturers, and will make people think about their own personal abilities and what they really can achieve if they too set their mind to it.  

Remember, I am no model material, I am short, slightly stumpy in physique, and no great athlete, just an ordinary member of the population, and people can see that in me.

In this particular race there was another gent running in my pace group who was running in the mexican slop/thong of minimalist shoe, and I believe there was his partner, (whom I did not see).  This too commands incredible respect for the effort that goes into this.  These two gents I have seen on previous trail runs in their mexican slops/thongs.

I also came across another runner running in Vibram 5 fingers, but he was too far ahead for me to catch up for a chat!

My running partner and a few others I noted, were also running in some form of minimalist shoes.  However to be honest I did not come across a real barefoot runner who uses my particular type of foot wear (nix).  Although plenty offered to tie my shoe laces l.o.l….

The only negative comment I got was afterwards, ironically from my son, who I have previously said is very against this style of running.  But every one, including my son, is fully entitled to their opinion..  Oh and my son rocked is 12km run (in running shoes)..Super proud mom.

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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