Danbury, CT Half Marathon race report- April 2016

Discussion in 'Front Page News' started by Barefoot Gentile, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. Barefoot Gentile

    Barefoot Gentile Barefooters
    1. Connecticut

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,947
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    SnowPrints.jpg
    Danbury, CT Half Marathon Race Report

    By Barefoot Gentile


    I figured I would get a jump start on the spring season and celebrate with a spring half marathon, what a weather surprise this was! Before I get into the weather I signed up 3 weeks before the race and really didn’t put the training in like I normally would. I run consistently 3 or 4 times a week and really don’t go past a 8 miler. I will run a 6 or 7 miler on the weekends and that’s the extent of my so-called “long” run. So three weeks out I ran a 9 miler which was a horrible run, little did I know I had a stomach virus and this basically stayed with me for 5 days. After I snapping out of that I got a 8 miler in a week before the race and felt ready to go. I came in at time of 1:53:00 which I was happy with, especially given this course was very hilly and the weather factor as well.

    So the weather, basically it was snowing pretty hard when I woke up at 7am and the temps dropped to 32 degrees F, so much for spring-like weather. The race started at 9:15am, the snow stopped but temperatures stayed the same and the winds were picking up. Winds got up to 30 mph at some points. So there I am sitting in my car contemplating on whether to wear footwear for this, in the 6.5 years running barefoot I have yet to run a half in footwear. I brought my pair of Vibrams El-X which are too tight to begin with and the main purpose was just to wear around during the start, then I would discard them, I never wear these and can’t stand running in Vibrams. But came to my senses and scratched that idea, it was barefoot or bust. I waited until 5 minutes before start time and made my way to the start line. I always get looks but you should have seen the looks today! Some of which were horror, you’re an idiot, and what’s wrong with this dude! That was my impression at least. The course was a tough one, actually the most challenging half I have run so far. Very hilly and lots of choppy roads, chip-n-seal, not the most barefoot friendly course and mix that with the low temps,snow/rain, it humbly tested my barefoot skills.
     
    Chris C, Efrem, Tristan and 6 others like this.
  2. dutchie53

    dutchie53 Barefooters
    1. Canada

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,739
    Likes Received:
    2,802
    Congrats on your half in those conditions, well done.
     
    Barefoot Gentile likes this.
  3. happysongbird

    happysongbird Chapter Presidents
    1. Idaho

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    Messages:
    2,164
    Likes Received:
    5,417
    Wow! So, no frostbite or bloody soles?
     
    Barefoot Gentile likes this.
  4. Barefoot TJ

    Barefoot TJ Administrator
    1. Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Messages:
    20,304
    Likes Received:
    6,509
    Awesome! It CAN be done!
     
    Barefoot Gentile likes this.
  5. Barefoot Gentile

    Barefoot Gentile Barefooters
    1. Connecticut

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,947
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    No frostbite or bloody soles!
     
    Barefoot TJ and happysongbird like this.
  6. skedaddle

    skedaddle Barefooters
    1. United Kingdom

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,244
    Likes Received:
    2,065
    Congrats BG, were your feet too numb with cold to feel the chip'n'seal? ;)
     
    happysongbird likes this.
  7. Abide

    Abide Barefooters
    1. Nederland -...

    Joined:
    May 13, 2010
    Messages:
    3,240
    Likes Received:
    1,046
    Congrats!
     
    Barefoot Gentile likes this.
  8. bfsailor

    bfsailor Barefooters
    1. New York
    2. Pennsylvania

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Messages:
    426
    Likes Received:
    703
    Nice Job! Congratulations!
    Any comments from the shod masses after you finished?
     
    Barefoot TJ and happysongbird like this.
  9. barefoot_n_ga

    barefoot_n_ga Barefooters
    1. Georgia
    2. Florida -...

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    19
    Congrats, man. You make the rest of us proud.

    Gerry
     
    Barefoot Gentile likes this.
  10. Barefoot Gentile

    Barefoot Gentile Barefooters
    1. Connecticut

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,947
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    Surprisingly they didn't go numb, so unfortunately I was feeling everything!
     
    skedaddle likes this.
  11. Barefoot Gentile

    Barefoot Gentile Barefooters
    1. Connecticut

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,947
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    I went straight to my car after the race, but were get perplexed looks like did he really run barefoot in this? ha!
     
    Tristan likes this.
  12. paraganek

    paraganek Barefooters
    1. Oregon

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    1,012
    Congrats Adam, great job and representation as always. You deliver :cool:.
    I like the "barefoot or bust" attitude :)
     
    Tristan and Barefoot TJ like this.
  13. Barefoot Gentile

    Barefoot Gentile Barefooters
    1. Connecticut

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,947
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    Cheers!
     
    paraganek likes this.

Share This Page