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Next barefoot adventure

Well, post marathon I had two days rest, and then did some trail training with our Tough Mudder team.  Without even thinking, I went out barefoot.  On gravel and dirt, grass and tar/asphalt.  Only after about 5km’s of running did I even cotton on – hang on chick – you have just done 42km barefoot, and two days later you are barefoot on the trails?  

I do not think of myself as a hardcore barefoot runner.  But I guess not many modern Caucasian heritage people have achieved that.  Please be aware that I do not think running a marathon barefoot is that uncommon.  If you do your research Mexico and of course Africa have great historic cultures and traditions of barefoot running.  I too am African, but am “white” African, and so in that category I guess we count amongst the minority.  What I would really like to know, is if you read my blog, and YOU have run a half marathon or longer in your natural born sole shod feet, please comment!  (no matter which heritage you herald from!)

If you see my home page, I have a time on the sidebar.  My next challenge is this weekend, TOUGH MUDDER.  So I am working out if I can do this barefoot.

Now I know personally that I have the capability to do this.  Not sure if the course officials will allow me too?  Also since my marathon a week ago, I have had to have rest and recovery, have had a travel trip, and now the weather is lousy, so not had much opportunity to get out there.  Saturday should be interesting.  

I find it slightly weird that I do not want to go out running in stormy wet and windy weather, yet on Saturday have actually PAID for the pleasure to dunk myself in ice mud baths, electrocute myself, climb over walls and slither down hills?  

My next big challenge after this is the 6 Inch Trail. An Ultra marathon in December.  My training in October will give me an idea of how I will handle this one!

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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6 Inch Trail Marathon

Trail marathon in the SouthDecember 21, 2014
And here comes another one

Comrades Marathon

Up run Comrades Marathon in Durban South Africa 89kmMay 31, 2015
The big day is here.

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