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Real barefoot Technology update..

My trusty 15 year old swatch watch, my running jewels and my running gear - birthday shoes!  I do also use my cracked and old iphone 4 (not the 's') for my run tracker.

My trusty 15 year old swatch watch, my running jewels and my running gear – birthday shoes! I do also use my cracked and old iphone 4 (not the ‘s’) for my run tracker.

So the sites show a lot of activity out there this weekend specifically for the half and full marathons that were on, wrapping up before it gets too hot here.  Been a lot of posts of every ones bling, their track shoes aka running shoes aka takkies.  Most people appear to be posting their times by taking a photo of their garmin watches.

Mmm this made me feel very behind the times!  You see I have never used a heart rate monitor or had a beep test or any of those kind of things.  I have never used a sports watch, and not even a stop watch.  And in reality the only kind of running shoes I used before, which I had thought were the “it” type of shoes, appear to have been ‘fashion shoes’…may explain my total hatred of trying to run in them.

So here is my Running gear:

  • Birthday shoes – aka Real barefoot,
  • I check what time I start and finish on my silver and gold swatch watch that I got in 2001 and still goes even with all the swimming in the sea and obstacle races it goes through,
  • for my milestone races I treat myself to a little charm to wear, as my medals just go into a box somewhere.
  • I use my iPhone 4 app tracker – MapmyRun for recording my runs and splits
  • I do use my New Balance Vibrams for trail running and the occasional road race dependent on surface.

Now,  obviously I am feeling a bit behind the times here, so have decided to upgrade.  After all I have been running for a year now, I have done 3 half marathons, one full marathon, two mega obstacles races (Spartan Super and Tough Mudder) and numerous 5 & 10km races, plus a full 6 part trail series.  In my first year of running…no coaching or training plans or realistic planning – just my barefeet and impulse (oh?  is that a race?  When is that? Next week?  Oh ok, I think I will do it.).

Plus I have my first properly planned and booked race in December, being the 6 Inch Ultra.  So I have downloaded myself a training plan.  Network will not be available, part of this race is in the the dark in a place I have never been too, I cannot tell left from right, north from south, if I am looking down at my feet when running, when I look up the view ahead is just a blurrr…so for the sake of the organisers and safety I have ordered my first real racing gear.  A Garmin 620.  I have also ordered myself an iPhone 6 to keep up with everything and  eagerly await and will report in due course!  They are due to arrive within the week (whoohoo) and hopefully I can have time to learn how to use them effectively.

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

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