By having experienced my first half marathon approximately 8 months back in the cold & pouring rain I decided to sign up for another one this Spring –hopefully giving me a much better chance of not having to do battle with the weather!
The Tewkesbury half was the event I chose –it attracts around 1000 entrants, so it’s not massive, but at the same time is plenty large enough to get lost in the crowd…
I’d read some reasonable reports of previous year’s races so was actually looking forward to it (I normally get a bit nervous at these kind of things –no idea why, it’s entirely unnecessary, but I just do for some reason). Persuaded my partner to run it with me, which helps (she runs in VFFs). We decided to stick together throughout the course (moral support & all that!).
So we travelled down the day prior to the event & stayed overnight, which was definitely...
I filled out the registration form and reached the part where it said, “Indicate if you will be running nude. You may change your mind later if you wish.”Oh, I'll be nude, I thought, And then some. I had recently taken up barefoot running, and I thought this would be the consummate race for running with bare feet.I circled “yes”, completed the rest of the form and mailed it in with a check for the registration fee. Then I asked myself, Do I have the cohones to run in the nude? I still had a month and a half to decide—well into the future. For the time being, though, I felt pretty confident about wearing my birthday suit in the 25th Bare Buns Fun Run.
Anna McDuff runs London Marathon barefoot in 3 hours 44 minutes By Runners World
As if running 26.2 miles wasn’t hard enough, Anna McDuff ran the whole thing barefoot and was still smiling at the finish line.
Proving that the human body doesn't always need super shoes, McDuff ran a time of 3h44m. Not that we'd encourage runners to take on the streets of London today with no shoes, her time goes to show what anyone is capable of if they really want it.