Below is a race report from the Burly Burl, a race I made up to run as a fundraiser and forum to break the barefoot 100km world record. I'll be posting another reflection on the spirit of the event to the Crow's Path blog in the next week or so.
Quick note on the event: This wasn't an official race (I was the only participant), but I did run it on a certified track and have official timers. I will be submitting the time to Guinness to be accepted as a world record, and hope that the event meets all of the requirements for an official world record. I ran the event as a fundraiser to support a new part-time position -for Crow's Path, a nature connection program I founded here in Burlington (details on...
As you know, the BRS is funded and operated solely by its members. A modest income from advertising and tee shirt sales no longer covers the monthly costs for running and maintaining the site. Barefoot and minimalist running at the BRS is doing quite well. We are still thriving, and so is our site. Site hosting, support, maintenance, enhancements, and upgrades all cost money. In addition, the BRS has...
Maah Daah Hey 100: my first marathon/trail run/DNF By Trevize1138
Attempted and DNFed my first marathon on the Maah Daah Hey trail in the ND badlands. It was hot: 95F according to the weather station and with hardly any shade. Trail workers said days like that it's not uncommon to read 115F in the valleys. I did my best to stay hydrated but just couldn't keep up. I'm sure my inexperience played a part but at the last checkpoint, just 8 miles from the finish, I called it. I had been out there for 5 1/2 hours and covered 18 miles.
In addition to not having ever done a marathon before and doing it on a rough, up-and-down trail I was attempting it barefoot with Xero DIY sandals as a backup.
Barefoot for the first 8 miles was actually great. The badlands look the way they do because they're easy to erode so it's mostly dirt. That heat was too much for my feet, though, and I had to keep the sandals on...
Sorry for not posting for some time! I am still been BFRing and have also just done a 50k trail race in VFF's. Actually the race was cut at 21k because of a thunderstorm, so pretty p!ssed about that because I put in lots of training into it.
Anyway, for some time I have wanted to a multi day running exPEDItion around Singapore. Because its an island, and so safe, you can run do some great long runs looping around this city-state. And the roads and pavements are always in good shape, the parks are really great and there are plenty of food and drink options close at hand.
Next week suddenly loomed free, and I was getting grumpy, just waiting for our annual holiday to our place in South Carolina to begin, so I thought, let's do this!
So the plan is to run anti-clockwise around Singapore sticking as close to the coast as feasibly possible. This comes to about 170km assuming everything goes according to plan, and I have given myself 5 days to do it.