Barefoot Runners Society
Philadelphia Marathon - 2013
By Barefoot Gentile
Time: 3:46:28 - A new PR!
Philly was my fifth marathon and 4th barefoot one.
Left Saturday morning with the family to drive to Philly, get there around 12:30, checked into the Sheraton, got settled then walked to the Expo. I'm not a fan of Expo's, not into THE swag, running gear, and shoes, obviously. The goal was to get my bib and get out, it was mayhem in there. I passed a booth where a guy was talking about barefoot and minimalist running, but no time to stop my boys were hungry and cranky as well as the wife and I. We had a late lunch at 3:30, then hit the pool at the hotel for the kids. My wife and kids went out later for ice cream, I just chilled at the hotel, I was done for the day.
Sleep fairly well, woke up at 5am, went to the lobby to get some hot water for...
Henley Classic 10km
A more perfect day for a run couldn't be wished for. A blue sky with brilliant morning sun, no wind at all, everything was still and calm.
I woke up at around 6.30am, I had my phone alarm set in case I overslept as I had a day/night out drinking in various Adelaide pubs, getting back at around 11pm the previous night, so, needless to say my head was a bit tight (a word that describes it well) this morning.
I didn't have time for breakfast so instead had a carbo drink to fill up that empty feeling.
I wanted to get to the start in plenty of time as parking can be highly sought if an event is on. I drove the short 3km to Henley Beach at 7am and found a good park not far from the jetty and square where they race was setting up.
I knew the course very well as I have run this route many times...
A new experience in New York!
Getting up at 4 am for a 5.30 bus departure I found myself arriving 15 minutes early – but I’m still on the third bus away – others must be even more anxious than me!
I’ve spent the last week gathering old clothes and a pair of old shoes – all to be abandoned at the start. I hope I’ve got enough because the weather is cool and I’ve got a long wait.
4 hours in the athletes’ village – 7C, 20mph NW wind – I’m cozy but some are only in singlets and shorts and they are turning blue.
I found a large marquee – open to the elements but more sheltered than the main village. Had a little conversation, some sleep, and frequent walks around. There was a constant line for the Porta-potties even though there are supposed to be 1700 between the 3 villages!
There’s plenty of good...
DISNEY Tower of Terror 10-miler *runDisney
By JEFF CT
Hey All -
Last month was the Disney Tower of Terror 10-miler. I really enjoyed the race. For starters it is a night race, which worked out really well for my early-to-bed family and just as well for their stay-up-till-the-sun-rises father. So, it started about 10pm, but the corrals really were full by 9pm. They announced that you needed to be in them by 9:15pm, and I was in line for the outside area porta-potties instead of the porta-potties inside the corrals. Dumb. When I came out they had the gate to corral E open allowing anyone from A-E to line up. (I had worked so hard to qualify for corral B). Anyway, we get into position- all 12,000 or so of us. Some really great outfits. And me in bare feet.
The gun and fireworks go off for the elites (20) and then about 3-5 minutes later corral A with fireworks...
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