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!