Well, on Sunday June 16th, 2013 I ran and completed the 2013 Manitoba Half Marathon barefoot while being cheered on by my youngest daughter who was there to cheer me on and take pictures.
The weather was perfect on this day clear, sunny and about 19 Celsius at the start. Rode my bike to the start of the race as it was only 2 miles from where I live, and arrived at 6:40 am for a 7:00 start. I was actually not planning on running the half on this day but to run the opening leg of the marathon relay for the team that we form at work every year. The opening leg is about 6 miles, and I was confident that I would have no problems doing this leg while running barefoot as I had ran this route the previous week without any problems.
OK, so under the subliminal influence of this forum, I have metamorphosed from someone who just wanted to find out more about barefoot mechanics to fix a threatening bunion into an Actual Runner. (In much the same way that my teenage son poking a piece of bacon around in a pan is an Actual Chef, but it's a start.)
I have downloaded a couch-5K app for my Android phone and have done the first two walky-runny sessions. Actually, I did the first one with an ipod touch app and then realised that as I had GPS on my phone it made more sense to use that and get a map and stats. (I like stats<g>. It's part of the genetic combo that comes with my long fourth finger and my slight Morton's Toe, I believe. The too-much-androgen-in-the-womb bit that once made my husband say with all seriousness...