Barefoot Runners Society
RW Festival 10K
I ran a part of the bid deal race event of the neighborhood yesterday morning. The Festival is a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon run in Bethlehem, PA. It's set up to let people so inclined to run all three races as a "hat trick." I chose to run only the 10K, partly because I don't want to run three races in one weekend and partly because the price tag of multiple races is higher than I care to pay.
The weather was gorgeous, about 50F with light clouds and little breeze. The course of the race wound around through the older parts of Bethlehem, with modest hills and nice views of the river and parks. I did find that some of the new course took us over rougher roads than I remember from the last two years I ran this race,...
Well the big day finally happened. I consider this as what I've worked all year towards. My training this year hasn't been that great, mostly due to my shiftwork schedule. There were many 4 day stretches where I didn't run at all, and many weeks even through the summer where I was only getting 20 miles in - in fact that was probably my average week. After last year breaking every PR I had in 5k, 10, 1/2, and then my first marathon, this year has been rather dismal only racing 1 race and coming in several minutes behind last year. However by the end of the season I did get some long runs in, some back to backs, and some record mileage weeks for me. I felt good aside from a slight pain from my very last long run. So I decided to go for the marathon, with no serious goal but...
Berg en Dal 60k
When I originally signed up for this race I was under the assumption that I would have roughly 2 months to build up a small base of running as the last longish run I had done was in April. The sign up date was 11/10/2014, November 10th... well unfortunately my date convention is still in American standards and the race really was October 11th. The good thing is I figured this out before November 10th, the bad thing was only one month to train and a limited schedule, which ended up being one longish run, 4 18k commutes to work and a trail duathlon.
The race starts in a small town called Berg en Dal right near Nijmegen. Its a small race put on by an amazingly nice couple who also organize some other ultras in the surrounding area. This area is a quite peculiar for the Netherlands as it contains hills, which is exactly what I was looking...
Barefoot Backpacking at Havasu Canyon
By Thea Gavin
The big week has come and gone . . . and my fabulous five days of experiencing Havasu Canyon have now morphed into memories (and words, and photos).
My pack weighed 36 pounds (including five liters of water) the night before the 10-mile trek (down 2,000 feet) to the campground along Havasu Creek; after an illuminating pre-hike meeting with our (friendly, competent, knowledgeable, fabulous) Grand Canyon Field Institute guides, during which one pulled everything out of her pack, bit by bit, and explained why this and not that and do you really need more than one pair of pants all week, I returned to my (clean and comfortable) room at the Hualupai Lodge...
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