A barefoot mud run

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  1. Visions Of Asia

    Visions Of Asia Barefooters

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    So finally, after hiking, running 10k's, etc, I also started mud runs. Last Sunday, I took to what might be deemed a "soft" version of a Spartan run, with very easy obstacles, not too much mud and a short trail run of 6 kms.

    Overall, no big difference with running/hiking barefoot, but much easier for me for some obstacles which involved jumping and trodding into a muddy river. I had way more difficulty over a part with a lot of chipped gravel - slowed down to a walk, and my feet are still a bit sensitive, two days after, on the heels.

    Now, next, I am considering whether I should participate to the Spartan sprint taking place in one month...

    https://visionsofasia.asia/2019/04/30/a-mud-race-barefoot/
     
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    well done! That looks like my kind of fun!
     
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    Are you still worried about the sensitivity from the "soft" mud run to then tackle the harder mud run of Spartan?
     
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    Now, here is the thing... The "mud" part of the race did not cover more than 100 m over 6 kms. The rest of the track was mainly ordinary trail running + a very nasty chipped gravel section (check my youtube videos).

    Normally, I can cover double the distance on trail running in real trail conditions. I guess the gravel got me in the end...

    I guess spartan should be easier... Provided they don't decide to make a section filled with pebbles and gravel!
     
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    What about carrying enclosed minshoes for the gravel section only?

    Yes, I've seen your gravely trails. :nailbiting:
     
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    Neat challenge, the videos inspire. It’s warming up this afternoon after last nights sleet and I’m thinking the trails will be deliciously muddy right now...


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    Go for it!
     
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    They were as I anticipated


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    So, I registered for my first spartan race in one month... And found this in their material.
    "We do not recommend barefoot running. 我們不建議赤腳跑步" :(
     
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    Does ‘recommend’ translate to ‘ban’? Would there be a backlash if you ran barefoot?


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    Probably not. But in general, the race takes place through gravel and wild growth (ok, nothing I have not done before). Speed not gonna be really a factor for me.
     
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    I’m finding the gravel easier to tread on with each outing but the wild growth here is a new challenge for me. I recently tried what looked like an inviting jaunt down a cattle trail that was beaten down grasses but it ended up being quite painful (lots of sharp/pointy/prickly stuff). Adaptation continues. Kudos to you for being able to traverse it.


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