Last Thursdsay evening I ran my first 5K road race barefoot. My work offers to pay for the entry fee and also gets us t-shirts. We gather together before the race and have our picture taken. Then we split up to run the race and gather back afterwards for pizza.
Only one person in the office knows I run barefoot. So I showed up wearing my old minimalist sneakers for the pictures. Afterwards I snuck away and left my shoes in my cubical and walked down the stairs, hoping I would avoid meeting anyone. As I exited the stairs a lady from accounting was just leaving the elevators and inquired if I ran in bare feet. So much for stealth mode.
I stood in the shadows as much as possible before the race. I was very nervous and could feel the adrenaline coursing through me. Would the pavement be too hot, it was 93ºF and had been scorching hot all day. Half the race was...
3-day barefoot hike in the Adirondacks July '16 By Tristan
At last my long awaited 2016 trip to the mountains was upon me. It seems I only get one chance a year to go hiking in the mountains, though I try for a second and maybe this year I may get a chance for another. This will be my first trip in recent years that I won't be solo... my mom and one of her hiking friends will be doing the hike with me. Mom had wanted to go with me on prior trips but it never worked out. She has a lot of experience but hasn't done any overnight or strenuous trips in many years, so she was a bit nervous about her capabilities. I tried to break my trip down into more manageable days, but in the end I think I made the overall trip much harder.
The plan was to hike the Dix Mountain range, which was 5 of the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks. Many do this as a really long and tough day...
Fairfield, CT Half Marathon - 2016 By Barefoot Gentile
This race marks my 10th barefoot half marathon.
Basically the same formula I use for all half marathons, train 8 weeks (if you call it training), it's more like running 3 days a week which I do all the time, except running longer on the weekends, which is maxing out at a few 10 milers.
It was a beautiful morning on race day, but was going to get hot by 9AM it was already in the 80's but zero humidity, so to me quite comfortable. Came in at 1:51:38 which I was happy with it. I did stop at mile 8 to hit a port-a-potty, first time ever I stopped to pee during a half marathon, I was kind of pissed (no pun intended) at myself I had to stop but just couldn't hold it any longer, my time would of been cut shorter, but oh well.
Once again I was lucky enough to spend a part of my summer time along "la vézère" in dordogne, Perigord region located in France. This specific area, is as huge and incredible concentration of prehistoric, troglodyte and medieval major sites. From Lascaux painted caves, to Neanderthal and homosapiens sites. So quite exciting to get my feet in the path of those historical major places.
The playground is composed of different surface types. Main road, well maintained, perfect for barefooting, but too narrow for vehicles and runners in both time (so perfect to get hit by a car) not my first choice. Secondary roads very very hard for the feet. Trail forest path (rarely used made partly of silex rocks), crossed by animal forest path. The two last one are just perfect to discover the area. But not without a minimal protection on your feet.