This was my first out-of-town race in over 20 years, so the experience was much more than just one day. Disneyland is about 90 miles from my home in San Diego. The race also occurs on Labor Day weekend, so I didn't have to rush back home after the Sunday race.
I left on Saturday morning for the Race Expo at the Disneyland Hotel, and parked for free in the Downtown Disney parking lot. The expo was huge, but I didn't want to stay long and wear myself out before the race. I noticed lots of people wearing their Cars Land 5K Rally medals from the race that occurred earlier in the morning. 17,000 people were registered for the the Half Marathon, the largest race I've attended in recent years. Bay-to-Breakers was the only larger one back in 1989...
So its my 1 year anniversary for running barefoot. I don't have the exact date, but it was about this time. I started walking barefoot a couple weeks before running, and that was at the end of August of '11. First barefoot run was about this time in September '11. My last shod race was Sept 17 2011, after that race I never ran in cushioned shoes again. That race is fast approaching and I'll see what I can pull off barefoot.
Anyhow to celebrate the event I decided to just go out for a long run on a trail I wanted to run back in my shod days but never imagined I could do the whole thing. Well I did the whole things, and it is a distance record for me currently, breaking the half I did a month ago by a few tenths. Last year, shod, 6 miles was a long run for me and 8 was the most I had ever done. Either of these often left...
Heal Your Injury Faster Than Ever & Learn Natural Injury Prevention
By Steven "Sock Doc" Gangemi
This is Sock Doc’s Four Part Series on the basics of natural injury treatment and natural injury prevention. Whether you’re suffering from an acute or chronic injury or you’re interested in preventing an injury (who isn’t), this is a must-read. You’re going to learn why people get injured and what you should do, or could have done, to heal quickly and prevent future problems. I hope you enjoy it and let’s keep the ice for our cold drinks and not our bodies.
Hood To Coast! A 200 mile, two day, relay run starting from Mt. Hood, and going all the way to the Oregon coast. I’d heard of it even before moving to Portland, and knew at some point that I wanted to do it, but with all the apartment hunting and exploring of the city, I didn’t realize the race was actually happening this week until, like, a week ago, by which time it seemed impossible to me that I could sign up. But, I was informed by certain running contacts that teams sometimes need runners at the last minute, and that the best thing I could do was leave my weekend open and tell everyone I knew I was interested, and to check online.
Both the H2C forums associated with the race website, and the FaceBook page, had teams and...