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First Park Run & Technology test

Good evening.

Well today I ran my first 5km Park Run.  I think I have previously mentioned that I still have not worked out what kind of runner I am, and or what distance best suits me.

I have run a number of 10km runs, and usually make the top 10 females and a 3rd or 4th category placing.  Each of the four 5km’s races I have done, including todays, I am normally in the top 3 females and have come 1st in category each time.  Admittedly post 35y plus there are only a handful of female runners at this distance.  My age group seem to love the 10km.

So going in line with my experiment of using shoes and various technology, I advised that I had ordered a Garmin 620.IMG_2003

Well this duely arrived yesterday.  So have barely had a chance to read the instructions, let alone use it, – and bare in mind I do not do technology – cannot even use the remote on the TV!

So I strapped the garmin on today for my first 5km park run event.  I did a couple of warm up drills to see how to work it, thought I had it aced.  Start the race..Boom!  Epic fail, I pressed the wrong button or something.  Any how said I did my first km in 9 minutes- the remaining 4km were bang on.  I still used my running app, and of course the park run results, clearly showed my first km was actually 4:05 mins..  I am sure I have many runs to practice and get the hang of this with.

Okay – so the second element is running with shoes.   Today was raining, raining cats and dogs and the race was 60% of the time in torrential rain downpour..And I chose to run in shoes…blah…BUT peoples, I came across a fellow barefoot runner – Vince..who was totally barefoot…so wished I could join him, but I was determined to carry out my experiment..

The sum of which, a week of running in shoes aka takkies, and the result?  Blisters all over the show…I never get blisters or blood blisters or gammy toe nails (dirty yes) when I go barefoot.IMG_0458

The list of running gear today was:   Running cap (for keeping the rain off my face), New Balance Minimus Vibrams, sportearz wireless bluetooth waterproof earphones for my music and feedback, $5 for my coffee, iphone for my running app, garmin heart rate monitor, garmin watch, my swatch watch, my car keys, my park run barcode tag, my flipbelt for carrying all this stuff, and determination.

Did all the above runners gear make me any faster or a better runner? Mm, my last recorded 5km time was 24:05 in June 2014.  From 5 August I changed my training to suite marathon running.  I only returned to work on Wednesday after being assigned bed rest recovering from pneumonia, of which I still have the lung busting, blood tasting, wrenching, barking whooping style cough.  And I posted a run time of 23:17 today…Ok, so a PB yes..but it did not feel like it to me. I think I run better, or feel better for my run, when I run real barefoot.  None of these gadgets helped me 😦  .  My feet got yet more blisters this week.  The earbuds gave me music but shuffle played Dolly Parton for 10 minutes….The garmin watch got my times messed up, but shows I am using a 206 bpm heart rate and for my age etc I should be a max of 178bpm??

I suppose like all sage advise – using things for the first time should be early in training well before planned race use..  SO I will get a bit more practice in.  BUT, as of Tuesday I go back to running barefoot.  I am actually not enjoying the shod running experience as a general rule.  Yes I will mix it up more, but my real barefoot is definitely my preference..

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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