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Following up with an Half marathon

Oh dear.

So yesterday I did an unplanned visit to Park Run and a quick 5km sprint (errr – quick for ME that is).

I have had the Fremantle Half Marathon on my calendar for about a month now.  I have not planned for it or trained for it, as the marathon was my last planned road race for the year.  But, as I started this running malarky with City to Surf 12km last year, followed 5 weeks later with a half marathon, this is an anniversary run, so good for a comparison on improvement.

This course has some not good surface (very rough tar), but still doable barefoot.  Ugg..  Until you saw the weather.  Very wet roads, lots of rain and wind.  Sorry my fellow hard core barefoot runners, but running in barefoot wet weather, is not optimal.. Again I am only 5 weeks out from the barefoot marathon, so that memory is still to fresh for me.  So donned my new Balance Vibram Minus zero drop trail shoes for the occasion.  Much more sensible.  Unfortunately the run was pretty much a write off for me as I killed my legs in yesterdays park run…and of course have not trained for this half either… But a year on shows a significant improvement in my running technique, beating last years time by 24 minutes, even though this race was a  mind boggling struggle from the 2nd km, with my muscles kicking into fatigue overdrive, with still 19km to go.  So just managed what I could.

Very wet  and windy conditions and cold.  Not me best but done and put away..

Very wet and windy conditions and cold. Not me best but done and put away..

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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