I did it! My first full marathon and barefoot as well. Happy IBRD 2016 to me. Also marking my one year anniversary since I ran for the first time barefoot with Ken Bob at the IBRD 2015.
The Orange County Marathon in sunny Southern California spans 10 miles of a water-lined route, passing some Orange county "landmarks" for the reminder.
Here I am posing with a few other "first-timers" at the start line. We had an hour to wait after we were dropped off by a shuttle. Everyone that talked to me was very shocked that I was planning on running barefoot. I did develop a 45 second "elevator pitch" for explaining why I run with out shoes. I always first quote Ken Bob by saying "it's fun".
People brave would ask me questions, but most made comments to their friends, that were just loud enough for me to hear, regarding how crazy I was. I even had a woman run up to me and ask if...
Earth Day Challenge Half Marathon
17 April 2016 (Ohio) By Yvonne
This was my fourth consecutive time running this race. It is one of my favorites - a scenic course through Kenyon College campus and hilly rural roads of Gambier and smooth flat asphalt bike path (Kokosing Gap Trail) along the river. I also like the theme of the event.
After checking in on race morning and claiming my bib number, I did my warm-up routine inside the athletic center where the Earth Day Festival vendors were setting up. Then my husband and I walked outside to the track where the race would start. Since I am not a fast runner, I merged in with the participants a little back from the front and waited.
When the race began, I had to deal with the sluggish jog/walk of the crowd through the start gate and then once things opened up a bit I had to weave around those walking or jogging slowly (pet peeve...they...
Capital City 1/2 Marathon (and a new PR!) By Tristan
Once again I ran the Cap City Half, probably my favorite yearly race. First race of the year for me. This year conditions were colder than usual, I think it was forecast around 42ºF at race start. I was planning to go sleeveless but chickened out and went t-shirt, with a garbage bag to keep me warm prior to start. Of course the only time the local news camera catches me in it's lens is when I am in a trash bag.
The whole week before I was on a company trip so a lot of things were out of my control, like wearing hot steel toed boots just about all day every day for the 5 days leading up to the race. Food selection was limited, as was time to get some runs in, but I made the best of it. Got back home Friday evening, the night before the race. Had a small grilled salmon...
All my barefoot runs, which have been only a few, have benefited from smooth, clean surfaces: the gym till I got booted and the sidewalk on the two warm days in early March. I decided to change that last night.
The mornings are still a bit cold for me to handle the barefoot run. We are barely in the 40F range at 5:30 A.M. when I run. But the daytime felt like true spring. At 5:00 P.M. and 65 degrees, I decided couldn't wait for my mornings to warm up. A short run in my naughty shoes was an emotional must. I covered myself sufficient for public decency laws, but remained a metatarsal exhibitionist, and ran. Only this time I spurned the smooth surfaces.
Around here, winter turns the sides of the roads into medieval torture apparatus. We gravel the roads after the summer cools down but before the fall freezes. This helps manage snow...