IBRD 2014 REPORT FROM MEXICO CITY.

Discussion in 'IBRD™ - International Barefoot Running Day™' started by El Yuca Descalzo, May 7, 2014.

  1. El Yuca Descalzo Barefooters
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    Hello, even when I wasn’t in any formal event I decided to celebrate and go out to run in my first IBRD over Reform’s Avenue, I got up earlier and around 6:30 am I was already there, for my surprise when I arrived I saw a bunch of runners and according to them, that day was the ESPN Half Marathon :pompus: , so after thinking about for 5 seconds I decided to go and race.


    A week earlier I couldn’t resist to buy some VFF KSO EVO, I just wanted some comfortable shoes to go out to the super market, make diligences, and to hang out all day in public places that don't allow BF'ers, so, after taking the decision of racing that day, after months of not being in a "popular race" (only trails and 2 50K ultras) I planned my strategy, to run 11K with the Vibram and the rest BF (That was my plan for the city Half Marathon in July).


    Obviously I didn’t register for the race but I was carrying ½ liter of Gatorade, that way and for respect for those who did paid I didn’t took any of the water and Gatorade from the hydration points or anything reserved for the runners (including medal).


    The race started at 7 am, everything felt fine, I reached the 10K without effort, running at a slow pace, and then, some kind of fear started to eat me, fear of failure, fear of the bad looks, fear of pain, fear about my trainings… fortunately those fears were just momentarily and at the 13K mark, good bye Vibram’s.


    Everything felt OK, posture, relaxation, soles, and most of the people didn’t even notice me, I started to smile, and enjoy the route (It’s amazing how much noise shod runners do) .


    After some good comments and some bad, I reach the finish line in 2:16 (my body was happy, no pain of any kind), 9 minutes faster that my last year HM (shod, tired, almost crying for the inhuman effort jeje).

    Anyway, here are the finish line photos:
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    Great job Yuca!

    When you mentioned you had plans for a HM later on, I actually thought you referred to the ESPN one. Great way to represent!

    Obviously you got a lot of audience, could you please elaborate on what were those good and bad comments you got?

    Congratulations again on your great time, and thanks for your non-official (but very broadcasted) IBRD representation.
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  3. El Yuca Descalzo Barefooters
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    Apparently some people think I’m deaf and said things like:

    Look that guy lost his shoes followed by laughter…
    Several running experts actually tried to convince me that the impact on my knees was bad, that Ill end up with no skin in my soles, etc etc.
    A lady was actually offended, like if I were running naked, she told me that I was insane and gave a mother’s look (you know the look when your mom is about to kill you).


    But most of the runners who did notice me, congratulated me or gave me the upper thumb, I don’t know if this is good or bad because they might think that I’m doing a super human effort or that I’m under a lot of pain.

    Anyway, it was a good race and a beautiful day to run BF.

    What did you do to celebrate? Were you in Mexico?

    Regards…
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    That sounds like a wonderful day, and like JL said, you did a great job of representing...the pictures look great! Congrats on the Half Marathon PR!

    I am going to copy this to the Mexico Chapter. Thanks for sharing!

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    Yuca, I just created the FB page for the Mexico Chapter and posted a comment on your half, here's the link to the page:
    https://www.facebook.com/BRSMexicoChapter

    Please take a moment and like it, so we can start creating a bit more awareness on the site through FB.

    Thanks!
  6. El Yuca Descalzo Barefooters
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    Excelent! done!
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    Yes, I was at my hometown, Hermosillo, and did a similar thing than you, just not as long and not as public, hehe.

    I did a 16km run, with 9 of those on huaraches, and the rest barefoot. I stopped using the huaraches due to a malfunction, so I decided to take them off and continue barefoot. It was all good, but I didn't have any pictures taken. :)
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