First Marathon - Barefoot or Otherwise

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  1. Dan Krulewich

    Dan Krulewich Barefooters
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    I kept a slow pace, even by my standards, finishing in 5hr 24m. Pretty sure I'd be sore if I pushed harder, and couldn't afford that risk.

    Anyway, I feel pretty good, and am looking forward to the next. This one was just training so no medal. Maybe next time.
     
  2. macdiver

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    Cogratulations. Which marathon did you run?
     
  3. Dan Krulewich

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    Thanks Macdiver. It was a solo marathon tracked on my Garmin. That's what I meant by just training and no medal.
     
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    Wow! That's quite a milestone both as BF running and for your body to achieve. And you did it without the hype and adrenalin infusion of a big event and an entrance fee.

    Good on ya!
     
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  5. Dan Krulewich

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    Thank you. I did put a lot of dedication into my training. So in many ways it was just business as usual.
     
  6. Dan Krulewich

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    I'll put in a plug for Endomondo. Even after getting my Garmin I used Endomondo's training plan.
     
  7. macdiver

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    Wow. I think running a solo marathon is Mich harder than the rel thing. C congrats.
     
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  8. Dan Krulewich

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    I'd like to group run more often, but almost all of my running is solo. A couple of years ago, at least the 5K's and 10K's I'd sign up for gave me some company when running. But the sign up's haven't been in my budget recently. End result has been run solo or not at all.
     
  9. canary island feet

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    Dan, If you could only read one book to prepare you to get to the point of bare footing a marathon ... which one would it be? Thanks!
     
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  10. Dan Krulewich

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    I've read only two and it is hard to choose between them. Ken Bob's and Jason Robillard's first. Forced to pick one, I guess Jason's. I'm going to buy his ultra book soon, but I don't know if I'll try further than 26.2 or not.
     
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    Dan, thanks! There is so much info on the internet, but I like to have physical books in the hand too.
     
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  12. Dan Krulewich

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    I was reading some of your other recent posts. As you stated, there is lots of good info on the internet. With regard to hot asphalt, I'm sure you'll find a few answers. A common one: If there are paint lines on the asphalt, then try to run on the lines. This is also good training for your control and balance, anyway. Personally I think one of the proper and reasonable answers is just don't do it. If the street surface is 160F, I don't think I would risk it. I try to run before sunrise in the summer.

    One remark about the books. I don't necessarily treat everything I've read as an instruction manual or a field guide. I listen to my body as much as possible when running. Much of what I read lies silently in the background.... for a while. But it never fails, I'll find myself fighting a particular problem, or stumbling on a solution. Then I will say to myself, "Oh, so that is what Ken Bob (or Jason) meant by...."

    Sure it would be great if I could learn all the lessons vicariously in advance. But the body doesn't always cooperate with the mind in that fashion.

    Dan
     
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    Great thoughts ... what I have found & mentioned in other thread too ...

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    ~ avoid it!
    ~ good technique & fast cadence mean less time on the ground
    ~ look for shade
    ~ run on white lines
    ~ look for different surfaces near course route (dirt, grass, etc.)
    ~ look for puddles to run in

    ~ carry running sandals when past your limit
    .... now, heat acclimation through routine exposure to hot sand! :)
     

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