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Barefoot, Marathon, Road Running, Trail Running

sleep deprivation, blisters, ankles, knees and uggg…

Wow, this week past has been slack..yet I feel like I have worked hard... My ankle has given me so much grief that my running has been seriously reduced, and what running I have been doing has been at a much slower pace, to be gentle on my ankle. Then Tuesday I went down for intervals. I knew it was not going to be an impressive night as I was still on “recovery” from the 50k I had done on the Saturday. My body felt fine, my muscles behaved as though there was no running at all. What I had not trained for was staying awake for soooo long. It was actually 36 hours plus a 50k run from waking up on Saturday morning and finally getting into bed about 8 pm Sunday night. Now I am very much an 8 hour night sleeper, and if I have a late night socially, it takes me a week to recover. Losing an entire nights sleep is monster for me..

So back to intervals. I still have my headspace living in Zombie land, and my ankle super strapped up and annoying the doodally out of me. And we take off. I have no idea where it came from, but I shot forward ahead of everyone by miles. Slam on the breaks, this was NOT the intent. Eventually get some one to pace me and hold me back a bit. I am running exclusively on the forefoot pads of my feet as it is the only way I can use my ankle. No pressure at all on my heel…which explains why it is much easier to run for me than to walk. However yet ANOTHER issue arises. We were sprinting up and down hill on Tarmac. So when you go that fast on your forefoot and you slam your foot onto the Tarmac, you kind of skid in your own skin (sounds gross, but is true). Well I woke up on Wednesday morning with blisters on every toe, and massive blood blisters on my foot soles. Now I have pretty thick skin on my feet, so these blisters are way down, but cover the whole base of my forefoot…and far to gross to photograph…

I am seriously not amused. I am now strapped up with my ankle and have to wear shoes to protect my feet, which of course threw my gait out, and then upsets my knees and hip…and so the list goes on. Am over it. Off to see a specialist sports doctor now.

So Sunday had a very delicate jog and walk on the PTS Qi Gong 15k course, and gingerly picked my way through all the rocks to look after my ankle. Survived without damage and only one minor stack..and then today my ankle is all swollen up again, and refusing to function…sigh…will this ever get better???


So while we were out running my other half was out fishing when the dolphins decided to come out to play :).

So I had finished a LSR on Saturday, and then got called into work as some one else was absent, and while moping at working on my weekend, my other half sends these gorgeous photos of what he was doing …IMG_0225 IMG_0224 IMG_0223

A quick pic of finishing yesterday, and finally our finishers photo from the Larkhill 50km…talk about the worst race photo out there, well it is here…on this page…just to make my week…


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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