Barefoot Runners Society
First Barefoot 5K
It wasn’t until Thursday this last week that I decided to put the money in for a 5K race being held today. I went in with a goal of running it something above easy, probably what might be around 10K to 10 mile race pace. It’s hard to say some, because I haven’t raced for a few years. The big thing was I just wanted to get reacquainted with the race atmosphere and environment, and that would help me out in 4 weeks when I run what will be a 5K somewhat harder than this. Practice, I guess.
First, the numbers. Old PR was 27:08 set back in April 2008, after I had been running for a year. I ran that about as hard as I could. A friendly guy tried to pull me along at the end, but I had nothing more to give that day.
Today — first mile split of 8:30.01, running just a tick above easy. I wasn’t...
Pine To Palm 100
My crew said I had been closing down aid stations all day since they saw me at Squaw Lakes. Left behind me was a wake of bodies wrapped in space blankets lying on the ground waiting to be taken off course. I was the closer for very aid station. It seemed weird to me at the time that I was always DFL because I remember passing people. In fact, I passed about seven guys coming over Stein Butte. A few of those guys were in pretty bad shape. They had run out of water on a hot and exposed section of the ridge before they got to the aid station. In fact, we all anticipated that aid station being A LOT closer. If I had water to share with them I would have, but as it turns out my hydration pack was empty as well and I still had another tough climb ahead of me and a couple miles to go...
Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT)
A Special Request
By George Carter
(as shared with the Australia Chapter)
Thanks to everyone for their support!!
You all helped me raise close to $2000 for Autism Spectrum Australia - your generosity reassures me that our society has not completely gone cold to the plight of others.
So on Sunday, September 22nd 2013, I upheld my end of the bargain…
As ready as I could possibly be, I went out there and covered 42.195k without shoes and survived.
There were many interesting distractions along the way - the heat caught me by surprise, so did the AntiSkid paint, the squashed energy gels and broken plastic cups, the cobblestone paths and my old favourite - gumnuts!!
By 34k I felt I was competing in my very own Sasuke Ninja Warrior episode!
It took 4 hours 47...
By Paul Beales
This was the first ever Camelot Challenge, organised to raise funds for Countess Gytha Primary School in Queen Camel, Somerset, and was a circular half marathon open to runners, walkers (and dogs) starting from The Gryphon Leisure Centre in Sherborne, Dorset.
The route circled around areas of naturally beautiful scenery through the Vale of Camelot, filled with Arthurian legends, and passes through towns, country, forests and even a stream. It was mainly on public footpaths, with some of the route opened by special permission of the land-owners.
There were a number of marshalling points and water stops around the route (and even sandwiches, cakes and tea provided halfway round for anyone not in any great hurry to finish.) Toilets, showers and changing facilities and FREE FOOD AND DRINKS were...
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