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Marathon, Trail Running

Moonshadow 12km night time trail race

As I had a planned race on Saturday night, I took a slightly easier week in the training.  Saturday morning was a volunteer stint at the local Park Run.  Actually is quite a good feeling doing that!

Then Saturday night had us partaking in the Moonshadow night time trail race of about 12km, with a 350m elevation at the start!.   Phew, that hill was tough!  I do not do hills to great.  Yes I try be positive about it and talk myself up on hills, but my legs have this argument with my brain:

Brain:  “haha, its dark, she did not read the map, will have no idea about the hills, should nail it”

Legs:  “What the heck?  This is some hill, it just keeps going.– Hey, when does this swear word hill end?  Hey brain I am talking to you…I am getting mighty tired, I am pulling on the back..how much further”

Brain:  ” ah, its just a little hill, keep going”

Legs:  “Frek it, I am walking this!”

Overall the race was very technical, a lot of very tight single track, rock, river crossing, hills, some extremely steep uphills and even steeper rockier downhills.  Ones pace was often limited to the group train you were in when you hit those single file tracks, which went for a couple of kilometers each time.  So a flat out racing time was not going to happen.  But that is what trail is about, and I love it.  The last 2km gave an awesome run in, with incredible rock jumping, ducking, diving and weaving.  Doing this at night time, on a course you do not know is even more exhilarating.  Your vision is restricted to the capacity of your headlamp.  Lucky for me I have a pretty good head lamp and it has a very wide beam.  At a couple of points on the treacherous rocky downhills, the runners behind called out for me to wait up as their headlamps were not coping and they needed my light to run with ..again trail ettiquette is to help – I do not want anyone one slipping and breaking an ankle because of my selfishness, so we run together…And what great fun that run was.  Cheering everyone in, grouping in the run through the difficult sessions, sharing food and coffee afterwards…Absolutely loved it.

I must point out that the terrain our trails are in definately calls for shoes, I was worried at one point my NB Minimus trail shoes were going to be sliced through, but they held out ..just..

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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