by Tristan at 12:34 AM
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10 - 16 - 16

It was time for me to try the marathon again. The last time left me hurt and I decided I wouldn't put myself through that again unless I could adequately prepare for it. Last year I skipped the marathon distance, knowing with everything I had going on that I couldn't get enough training in. This year I took a gamble on it, and signed up way back in spring before the first price hike. I'm not sure why they have to mess with the prices like that, but to get the most reasonable price (that is still debatable!) one must sign up so far in advance that I was barely out of my winter lull this past spring. I gave it my best shot but still wasn't adequately trained. I got descent weekly mileage in, but not consistent, and my long runs were sorely lacking. With the advice from some of you on here I decided to still go for it, but I would try to hold back and just run it casually. It might be fun to not be worried about place and pace... and with any luck I...​
by BroadArrow at 11:25 AM
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Des Plaines River Trail Races 50 Mile; 2016
By BroadArrow

No shoes, no food, no problem.

This year proved to offer redemption of sorts: I finished. And on my own terms.

Last year was cold, miserable, and an abysmal failure in almost every respect.

The primary weakness noted was that my feet were exceedingly week and took something like a week to recover. I hypothesized that this was due to having spent the vast majority of my quality training time on super smooth sidewalk. Thus, after taking 10 days off from running and then another three days of just zooming around really fast on smooth sidewalks, I bit the bullet and started running on chip-n-seal at least a little bit, whenever I could. During the winter, I did not get too much of that in because of snow and ice and no place to get off the road when cars pass. But when spring and summer arrived, I forced myself back out onto the rough stuff....
by Alan S at 10:38 PM
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Long Beach Marathon 2016
By Alan S

Hello my fellow barefoot people,

I am relaxing with my feet up after a day of barefoot gardening thinking about my race last Sunday 10/9/2016.

I ran my second full barefoot marathon (first one was in May 2016). Its hard for me to even imagine that I am a marathoner and a barefoot marathoner as well. Just last year someone referred to me as the barefoot running guy and I thought it was weird I wasn't super accepting of the term. It bugged me more that I wasn't accepting the title as much as I felt a new responsibility of carrying that title. So now, I am both happy to carry the title as well as be an ambassador for barefoot runner. Maybe completing a few races running barefoot has changed me. So, I ran the Long Beach Marathon. It was cool...

The Long Beach 1/2 as well as the full marathon are very barefoot able. I was not the only one running barefoot. Barefoot...
by KTR at 10:58 AM
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2nd edition of the International Barefoot Trophy

One year ago I learnt from the news about a barefoot race that had been held somewhere not far away from my hometown, Valencia, Spain.
It turns out that a barefoot enthusiast living in the small town of Segorbe, Spain, had organized a 10 km race that was to be run exclusively barefoot, and this was something that I could not let escape a second time. There's no other race like this in Spain, and —correct me if I'm wrong— I'd dare to say there's probably anything like this elsewhere. It's a whole weekend devoted to barefootedness in a country where barefootedness is not really that popular, with talks about the benefits of barefoot walking and running, a small running gear fair, contests, etc.
The event included three different races on Sunday morning: a 500-meter, junior race for under-16s, a non-competitive...