Barefoot Runners Society
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...
Alex Ramsey wins Northern Ohio Marathon
By John Kampf, The News-Herald
Come first light on Oct. 12, the morning of the second annual Northern Ohio Marathon and Half Marathon, pretty much everyone in sight looked as if they were bundled up for winter.
Many runners layered on more clothing than they had at any other time this summer and fall, while a number of them held their hands close to the lamps at the park in Fairport Harbor in an attempt to gain any sort of heat from the source as temperatures struggled to hit the 40-degree mark.
While many were layering on the clothes, Alex Ramsey was peeling them off.
Namely his shoes and socks. To continue reading, please visit:...
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