Barefoot across Spain!

Blog entry posted by Julia Chi, Aug 17, 2017.

I have just come of a Skype call meeting with Maggie… She and her husband Jack are plotting my route across Spain

It was fun to connect and share progress over ‘El Plan…’

It is just one week since I announced that I am now officially in training to be capable of running barefoot across Spain next spring…!

I am running to raise money for FSH - the Friends of Sussex hospice, as well to raise awareness of end of life care…

And within bringing greater awareness to the end of our life journey, I am also recognize that this brings us to a keener connection to our life; to how we live… For in fully facing that there is an end to our journey here; we bring more awareness and focus on the fact that when we reach the end of our days, we look back at a life fully lived…

In the words of Mark Twain

‘The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who fully lives is prepared to die at any time…’

To fully live, we need to be fully ourselves as from this place we intrinsically know how we would like to spend our time here.

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None of us know the path another treads and so the more we are connected to ourselves and to our own life… The more we can celebrate the choices others make; even if they may not be the same as ours…

Last October I recognized that I needed a break from working the way I was; so in May I started a sabbatical that has turned into a completely new life; and now is seeing me take up a challenge which I am excited about; and reflects me living out my own true steps; barefoot ones it turns out!

In following my hearts calling; already others are following me onto the road between Suances Cantrabria to Almunecar, 1004k away…

Our connection was quite broken today as the internet wasn’t so strong; but this didn’t prevent us feeling the excitement of an idea already starting to have life and an energy all of its own.

We are looking at me running blocks of 5 days were I cover 25k a day; I am not sure how we came up with the 25k per day amount… I think I listened to some inner wisdom!?

We are planning a rest on the 6th day and then off again…

As yet, I have no experience of running barefoot for long distances day after day… And I haven’t run one run of 25k yet… My longest barefoot run is 22k; and to date in a five day block, my highest tally has just occurred…I covered 35 miles since and including Sunday…

My blocks of running are to be more than double that…!

But 7 weeks ago, my body and feet communicated to me themselves that they were ready for more consistent running…

And I have 7 months of preparation ahead until ‘El Plan’ commences at the end of March…

Each week, I will be doing a live update on Facebook. I did my first today which due to unreliable internet here in Morocco was a bit broken up!

My next one will be on Friday August 25th at 8am BST, I am looking forward to meeting with you then!

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Today, August 17th, is the 23rd anniversary of my Dad leaving his body... I was talking about him this morning with Anadi over breakfast...

I remembered him saying to me...'Darling, I think you would be marvellous on television'!

I believe he would enjoy seeing all I am doing, he loved my natural running action and was saddened to see it tighten as tension took me over with the pressure I put myself under to succeed....

Now he would see me running in the way i did as a young girl, with the same freedom in my running action and the same joy in my soul - and with my own television channel! :)
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About the Author

I have worked for forty years as a mentor, coach, teacher and healer. I am now sharing myself and my insights as I blog, SolesJourney.com, and vlog, SolesJourneyTV.com, about my adventures on my barefoot nomadic journey. I have been running all of my life. From the early days as a young teenager when I raced around a grass track in my bare feet, to running at top level, my first international race a 5k X country competition in Spain, to posting a marathon best time of 2.36.31 in the 1986 London marathon.