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Barefoot

No surgery required!! Ordered to remove running shoes!!!

Good news! Shouting from the rooftops!!!

So my ankle is on the way to recovery at last. MRI results in, some torn tendons and other muscles, and no I cannot identify because the medical terms etc are way over my head, NO SURGERY required!

Comrades is still ON ūüôā

Lots of injections and needles and physio and taping, and the whole rigmoral, but if I listen to my body, do the therapy and train pro actively I am on track. Perhaps those hazy dreams of a gold medal where just a pie in the sky, but if there was any fact to that little fiction, well it will remain fiction as the ankle will not carry me to such glory, but carry me it will.

So my week has been spent in much angst with lots of time online researching training for a running marathon with out actually running. I am totally amazed at what is out there and that it is possible to train for a marathon without actually running. So am looking forward to my deep water running session this week. I also spent some time in my gym doing a lot of injury rehab work outs, cycling and eppiliptical machines. Will keep up the cross training for some strength and am allowed back out there on the road now, but no intervals (like I am really going to miss doing intervals). A full week off has worked wonders.

I have had two weeks in running shoes to allow the blisters to heal and hoping to assist my ankle, but the good sports doctor has acknowledged that my calves and ankles have incredible strong muscles from barefoot running, and that the running shoes were putting my gait out of alignment and hence causing secondary issues, so I was advised to return to barefoot pronto ūüôā

No photos today, as I have not been out much except to the gym. ¬†Now I could tell you some interesting stories there, as I am not a regular gym goer, and I was the only one there without earphones..So out of sheer boredom, observe I did. ¬†Lets talk about treadmills. ¬†All lined up staring out the window with the lovely indoor pool for the view. ¬†10 of them. ¬†Initially there was a line of elderly gents working away solidly on the treadmill with power walks. ¬†They must have all started within minutes of each other, as I think they did their 20 minutes and then all stepped off almost in sync. ¬†There was a sudden movement and a small amount of clanging as weights were seated, and before you could blink on stepped the Yummy Mummy brigade. ¬†beautifully turned out in their gym gear, skins compression, rocking various iphone bands and earphones, shiny pony tails, and Lorna Jane tops. ¬†The selection of running shoes would have made any shoe shop owner jealous. ¬†As they pretty much all got to the machine at the same time off they go. ¬†Some coffee strolled, some power walked, a couple jogged and only 2 “ran”.Of those two one stepped after 5 minutes, with a huge effort and plenty of sweat to prove it. ¬†The last lady running kept her tready in action for the full 20 minutes…well I could right a book about my week in the gym and the collection of users depending on the times. ¬†One thing I will say is that there was a genteel lady who was well into her retirement, but boy oh boy could she lift those weights!

My weekend was spent quietly at home pottering around and doing things I never seem to get done, then Sunday afternoon drooling over all the trail posts and running photos and race reports that flood the Sunday afternoon social media.

Can you believe I actually felt upset and jealous that I was not out on one of those long 35-42km HILLY runs? Me who really is not a fan of hills, sulking because I was not out there?

Darlington Half I missed last year due to both my feet being fractured, and blow me down, this year I missed it again due to my ankle fracture! I think I will avoid entering that race from now on.

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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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