This is going to be an interesting test. Since stopping my ultra training about three months ago, I haven’t really run any ‘long’ runs. My training for this marathon consisted of, “Oh s**t, I’m running a marathon in three weeks, I guess I better up my mileage, at least.’ And so I did: doing a wee bit more of my ten mile loop, plus adding some ‘doubles’ (running twice in one day). Plus, though I ‘tapered’ this week, I went up to Seattle to visit a friend and of course walked all over the place talking and trying to solve the world’s problems. In fact, I just got in yesterday evening. Good thing this race is so low-key that the packet pickup/registration is just before the race.
I do have some advantages, maybe. One being that I’ve run a bunch o’ marathons now, so have the ‘mental’ edge. As in, I know I can run...
So the trip was a success! Lots of firsts for me, many which when combined lead to a bit of uneasiness... first time solo, first time on those trails, first time using almost all the gear I had, etc. And I'm happy to report that other than being uninformed on the trial mileages and having a bit too long of days, everything worked out well and had no issues to speak of.
I apologize this will be lengthy, I wanted to make a detailed trip report for myself anyhow. Thought about starting up a blog but I never have done that before so decided to include it all here instead while it was still somewhat fresh in my mind.
Day 1 Left my parents house a little behind schedule, and arrived a few hours later at the trailhead. Had to repack my backpack still, and didn't head out on the trail until 11:08AM....
How The Heel On Your Running Shoe May Be Harming Your Body
By Dr. Michael Nirenberg, DPM
Most women know that high heels are not good for their feet. Clearly, a high heeled shoe forces women to adjust their posture unconsciously as they stand and walk. Today, I want to talk about theeffect that a heel of ANY height can have on our entire body. So men this article applies to you too!
Any Heel Height is Too High
When I talk about a high heel, I am talking about any shoe that causes your heel to sit higher than the ball of your foot. This is the kind of high heel found on running shoes, walking shoes and even some women’s “flats” and male dress shoes.
In simple terms see the diagram above, which...
Really enjoyed this race, got lots of comments and laughing. Everyone on the trail mostly called me "The Zebra Man" but for the kids I was always "The Caveman"
Since TJ posted this on the Front Page, I am adding a couple more details.
Got all positive comments, people were really friendly and curious. The very first one was "I hope you have your tweezers and antiseptic with you" :-D when joining the bib pickup line.
Another girl wants to see bottoms of my feet after the race. I guess some people are still having hard time believing running barefoot doesn't hurt you.
Trail was mostly hard packed soil/dirt with some gravely sections. Out and back, 925 feet elevation gain to the turning point, all downhill the second half.
Finished in 01:56 having blast. Placed 6th in my AG (65 out of 250...